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MIAMI, FLORIDA PERSONAL INJURY- TROY AND SCHWARTZ, LLC ATTORNEYS- 305-279-4740

UNDERSTANDING TOW TRUCK ACCIDENTS AND INJURIES

Most of us never think about a tow truck unless our car is broken down and we need to have it hauled to a repair shop.  Many drivers on the roadway are familiar with the “move over” rules which pertain to ambulances, fire trucks, and police vehicles, but many are unfamiliar with the fat that tow trucks are considered first responders and are extended the same courtesy.  Naturally, while we depend on a tow truck to assist us at the scene of an accident if our vehicle is damaged, what we forget about is that sometimes, tow trucks are the source of an accident.

Any type of vehicle may be involved in an accident as a result of negligent operation.  Tow trucks are no exception.  Tow truck drivers may not be paying attention to the traffic around them, could be operating under the influence of alcohol or prescription drugs, and may disobey traffic rules. The fact remains, tow truck drivers are not different than any other driver, and while they are first responders, they are still required to follow the rules of the road when not responding to an accident scene.  Anyone who is a victim of a tow truck accident can sustain serious injuries, primarily because tow trucks are typically much large than a passenger vehicle.

Tow truck maintenance is a serious concern, because these vehicles have several mechanisms which can result in another person being injured should they fail.  Mechanical failures can occur in the engine, in tow truck cables or hydraulic systems, or because of faulty brakes.  Regular inspection of the various parts of a tow truck is imperative to keep all drivers safe on Florida roadways.

Tow truck drivers must be properly trained to ensure they have properly secured disabled or junk vehicles on the tow truck. If the vehicle being towed has been attached incorrectly, the vehicle could come loose and cause an accident; which can lead to serious injury, or even death.  Another concern with tow trucks is their brake lights could be obstructed from view to other drivers when they are towing another car.

INJURIES SUSTAINED IN TOW TRUCK ACCIDENTS

The types of injury a victim of a tow truck accident may sustain depends largely on the reason for the accident.  Someone who is a victim of a tow truck accident because of brake failure can sustain serious back, head and neck injuries as well as have their car totaled.  The victim is not only facing the weight of a tow truck, but also of the vehicle being towed.  These types of injuries can cause victims to miss long periods of time from work, suffer debilitating pain, and may need repeated surgical procedures before they begin their recovery period.

STEPS TO TAKE AFTER TOW TRUCK ACCIDENTS

Seek medical attention after any type of an accident, especially after an accident involving a tow truck. The sheer size of the vehicle involved makes it unlikely you will escape the accident unscathed, even if you feel fine.

IF YOU, OR A LOVED ONE, HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT ON FLORIDA ROADWAYS INVOLVING A TOW TRUCK, AN EXPERIENCED PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER CAN HELP ENSURE YOU KNOW YOUR RIGHTS AND WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER AN ACCIDENT.

TROY & SCHWARTZ, LLC

9415 SW 72nd Street, Suite 110

Miami, FL 33173

305-279-4740

We are standing by for your phone call!  305-279-4740.  or 1-800-559-4320

Posted in Uncategorized on September 26,2019 02:09 PM