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Tow Truck Accidents

By Steve Charpentier on April 10, 2020

Car being towedTow trucks are often seen responding to the scene of an accident to provide assistance. But what many people don’t consider is the fact that sometimes tow trucks are involved in accidents themselves. Tow truck accidents can have catastrophic consequences. Much like other commercial vehicles, the size, weight, and mechanisms of a tow truck increase the risk of accident injuries and damages.

Victims of tow truck accidents in the Melbourne, FL, area can work with the truck accident attorneys at Charpentier Law Firm to demonstrate liability for the accident so that they can be justly compensated for resulting losses.

Causes of Tow Truck Accidents

The causes of tow truck accidents are just as varied as those of other automobile accidents. While there are many cases in which a faulty part or mechanical failure leads to a tow truck accident, they are often the result of driver error or reckless behavior. Some of the most common causes of tow truck accidents include:

  • Inattentive or distracted driving
  • Driving under the influence
  • Speeding
  • Failure to obey traffic laws or posted traffic signs and signals
  • Insufficient training
  • Mechanical failures
  • Improperly secured vehicles
  • Hours of service violations

Determining Liability

Towing companies do not want to have at-fault accidents on their record, so they are often quick to deny liability for a collision. Rather than accept an insurance company’s liability determination (or accept a subpar settlement offer), tow truck accident victims should work with a knowledgeable truck accident attorney, such as those at Charpentier Law Firm.

Our attorneys will conduct a thorough investigation for our Melbourne clients. We work alongside experts in the field, examining evidence and conducting witness interviews, to determine the most likely cause of an accident so that liable parties can be held accountable for resulting damages. Depending on what contributed to the accident, parties who may be responsible for a tow truck collision include:

  • The tow truck driver
  • The owner or operator of the towing company
  • The company in charge of truck maintenance
  • A parts manufacturer

Compensation for Damages

Damages in tow truck accidents tend to be steep. Although tow trucks are not as large as many other commercial trucks, they are significantly larger and heavier than the average automobile. Tow cables, hooks, and other mechanisms also pose an additional threat, and if the tow truck is carrying a vehicle at the time of the accident, that can complicate things even further.

Due to all of these factors, victims of tow truck accidents are likely to suffer from catastrophic injuries and significant financial losses. When our attorneys are seeking compensation on behalf of our Melbourne clients, we will consider all manners of loss, including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Anticipated cost of any long-term medical care or rehabilitation
  • Physical and emotional pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of wage-earning potential

Contact Our Legal Team

If you or a loved one has been injured in a tow truck accident, you should explore your right to financial compensation. The truck accident attorneys at the Charpentier Law Firm can look into the details of you case and advise you of your best course of legal action. To learn more, send us a message at your earliest convenience or call (321) 308-8020.

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