Tow Truck Accidents

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If you have suffered injuries due to negligence by a tow truck driver, the Wilshire Law Firm can fight for the justice you deserve. Our free case review lets you ask questions and get to a settlement estimate. Our experienced tow truck lawyers won over $1 billion for clients and might be able to help you. Call us at (800) 501-3011 or contact us online before evidence is lost. You pay no fees unless you win your towing accident case. 

Looking for a Lawyer to Represent You in a Tow Truck Accident? Contact Wilshire Law Firm for Help

After a tow truck accident, you are probably seeking legal help. Healing your body, regaining your emotional state and recovering from financial losses are all essential. Our Wilshire Law Firm tow truck accident lawyers work hard to resolve the economic consequences of the accident.

We work hard to investigate the accident for liability, obtain pertinent information from witnesses and resolve your claim successfully. Our tow truck accident attorneys spare no effort to help you get financial peace of mind. Contact us online or call (800) 501-3011 to schedule a free case review. We know accidents do not only happen during business hours. That is why we are available any time of the day, 365 days a year.

Obtain Justice After a Tow Truck Accident With Wilshire Law Firm

An accident involving a tow truck poses unique legal issues. Our tow truck accident attorneys have experience dealing with private companies and city agencies. We work hard to recover damages in the following areas:

 Lost wages: If you cannot work due to a tow truck accident, you may be able to recover your lost wages. Other income sources included in this loss are bonuses and commissions. It is even possible for contract workers to recover revenue if they show contracts, fees acquired on past or future projects or tax records.

Medical care: Costs related to medical care, such as emergency room visits, hospital bills, physician fees, medications and diagnostic tests, can be recoverable. Upon discharge, a lawsuit may also cover at-home nursing care, rehabilitation, assistive devices, and home modifications.

Pain and Suffering: The plaintiff also suffers emotional damage, psychological trauma, and continuing physical pain. As a result, these aspects of pain and suffering, among others, become part of the lawsuit.

Loss of future earnings: A loss of future earnings differs from lost wages in that it focuses on raises that the worker might be entitled to in the future. The plaintiff’s (injured party’s) age may impact the amount of the loss.

Loss of consortium: Losing intimacy, love, and companionship with one’s spouse can lead to a claim against the city. The injured party’s spouse initiates this claim.

Loss of enjoyment: Injuries often affect one’s enjoyment of life and the ability to engage in the activities they loved before the accident. Although challenging, your attorney can determine the monetary worth of this loss.

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ou can meet with Wilshire Law Firm for a free and confidential consultation to get to know us and get answers to your questions. Our experienced tow truck crash lawyers can fight for your rights and the justice you deserve. Once you retain us, you will pay no fees unless you win.

Statutes of Limitation in Tow Truck Accident

Cases cannot proceed in court when a plaintiff ignores or fails to meet specific deadlines. In California, personal injury cases generally have a two-year deadline. You may lose your chance of bringing your case to court if you do not file your lawsuit on time.

Nevertheless, there are some exceptions. For example, if injuries caused by the crash do not show up immediately, the deadline extends to two years from when you discovered the damage.

The time to file also changes if the city owns the tow truck. You then have six months to file the claim. If the city denies the claim, you have another six months to bring a lawsuit against the government agency. If the city does not respond, you have two years to file a lawsuit. [1]

Statistics on Tow Truck Accidents

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the motor vehicle towing industry suffers many deaths and injuries yearly, more than 15 times the fatality rate for all U.S. private industries combined. [2]

It is also more likely that tow truck operators will die by the side of the road than police officers or firefighters.[3]  A collision with another vehicle is the most common cause. 

Causes of Tow Truck Accidents

Tow truck accidents can occur for many reasons. Below are some common causes of tow truck accidents we handle:

  • Driver error: Types of negligence might include distracted driving, reckless driving, speeding, or fatigue.
  • Inadequate training: Operating a tow truck requires specific training and skills. Accidents may happen if a driver lacks these skills when hired or fails to undergo company training.
  • Speeding: Tow trucks are heavier than other vehicles, especially when towing a car. As a result of the additional weight, the tow truck’s stopping distance increases if it’s traveling at an inappropriate speed.
  • Hook-up failure: When the driver does not correctly hook up a vehicle, it can break free and cause a tow truck accident. In addition, if the towed vehicle lacks balance when loaded, it can break loose.
  • Faulty equipment: Tow trucks use hooks, chains, straps, and winches to secure vehicles. The vehicle can fall off the tow truck if any of these components fail or are defective during the tow.
  • Lack of maintenance: Tow trucks need regular maintenance to function correctly. When routine checks and maintenance are lacking, the equipment can malfunction, resulting in a vehicle falling off.

Tow Truck Crash Injuries

Tow truck accidents can cause horrendous injuries. The nature of the injuries is due to the weight and size of the tow truck and frequently result in:

  • Traumatic brain injuries: Injuries to the brain caused by traumatic events are common and are sometimes fatal. These conditions include concussions and hematomas, an accumulation of blood in the brain. Lowering the pressure on the brain may require surgery in some cases. It is common for TBI patients to require rehabilitation after their injury.
  • Fractures: Broken bones can be simple or compound. The latter often requires surgery and pins to hold it together.
  • Spinal cord injuries: Damage to the spinal cord can lead to paralysis. Spinal cord injuries frequently require extended stays in the hospital and rehab.
  • Internal injuries: A tow truck accident results in internal damage for some people. This type of injury typically takes time to appear. However, the possibility of an internal injury requires careful observation.
  • Compression injuries: These happen when a motorist hits the tow truck driver as he is doing his job.  In California, tow trucks are emergency vehicles, and other drivers must slow down. [4] Unfortunately, not all drivers obey the law and tow truck drivers can suffer injuries at highway speeds.

Tow Truck Crash Causing Wrongful Death

A wrongful death can cause significant grief and loss for family members. It can also result in severe financial difficulties if the deceased was the primary support for the family. A wrongful death lawsuit can remedy the latter and help the family find justice. Here are some of the main factors in a wrongful death claim that are recoverable:

  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Recovery of the wages, bonuses, benefits and commissions the deceased would earn until retirement 
  • The deceased spouse can join the lawsuit with a loss of consortium claim. It is the loss of companionship, intimacy, and support the decedent’s spouse had before death.
  • Loss of inheritance

FAQs for Tow Truck Accidents

Do tow truck drivers in California need special licenses?

A driver must have a commercial type A license to operate a tow truck weighing 26,001 pounds or more and tow a vehicle of 10,000 lbs or more. A tow truck driver needs special endorsements when dealing with hazardous materials or a towed vehicle with tanks. [5]

What are tow truck liability insurance limits?

The liability insurance is the same as that of large trucks. The average minimum is $750,000. If hazardous materials are present, the amount of insurance coverage is higher.[6]

The Wilshire Law Firm – Tow Truck Accident Attorneys

The Wilshire Law Firm’s experienced tow truck accident lawyers are prepared to help if you lose a loved one due to negligence. We helped clients for the past 15 years, winning over $1 billion. Reach out to a personal injury lawyer. This result did not just happen but required hard work and diligence. Let us help you by calling (800) 501-3011 to set up a free case review. You can also contact us online. Remember, you pay no fees unless you win.

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