Auto Accidents Involving Tow Trucks
In most cases, a tow truck’s involvement in a car accident is limited to the cleanup process. They clear the road by towing away disabled vehicles. But sometimes, the tables are turned and a tow truck is one of the vehicles involved in a collision.
All car accidents have the potential to cause serious personal injuries, costly property damage, and emotional stress and trauma. However, because tow trucks are larger and heavier than many other vehicles on the road, they can be especially damaging.
Injury victims are often unsure who should be responsible for financial losses stemming from an accident with a tow truck. Because of the severity of damages, as well as the complications relating to liability, it is a good idea for victims of auto accidents involving tow trucks to seek legal counsel. Victims in the Melbourne, FL area can work with the experienced legal team at Charpentier Law Firm to ensure they are justly compensated for all losses following a car accident.
Who Is At Fault?
As with any other car accident, liability for an auto accident involving a tow truck will depend on a number of different factors. Even if it seems that the tow truck was responsible for the accident, liability may actually fall on a number of different parties.
Potential sources of liability include the tow truck driver, the company that employs the tow truck driver, or an auto parts manufacturer.
- Driver liability: Tow truck drivers are responsible for their actions on the road. If a tow truck driver is speeding, driving while distracted, driving under the influence, or makes an unsafe driving maneuver, he or she will likely be found liable for the accident and should be held solely responsible for any accident damages.
- Company liability: In some instances, the tow truck company may be held fully or partially responsible for damages stemming from an auto accident. A towing company may be held liable for an accident if they fail to properly train drivers, if they work drivers beyond hours of service regulations, or if they neglect vehicle maintenance.
- Manufacturer liability: Although it is not as common, there are accidents that are caused by vehicle malfunction. If a tow truck is properly maintained and an auto part unexpectedly malfunctions, the manufacturer may be held responsible for the accident and any resulting damages. Examples of these malfunctions include brake failure, steering failure, and tow arm malfunctions.
Unfortunately, auto accidents involving tow trucks often result in substantial damage. Sources of loss may include the cost of property damage, medical expenses related to accident injuries, the cost of any rehabilitation or therapy, lost wages, a decrease in wage-earning potential, and pain and suffering.
The experienced team of attorneys at Charpentier Law Firm will ensure that all accident damages are accounted for when we seek financial compensation for our clients.
If you have been injured in an auto accident involving a tow truck, the best way to receive the maximum compensation you are due is to work with an experienced attorney, such as those at Charpentier Law Firm. Contact us at your earliest convenience to discuss the details of your case and learn more about your legal rights. Call (321) 308-8020 to set up a personal consultation.