Your car breaks down, and you have to call a tow truck to get it to an auto accident repair shop. But what happens when a tow truck, carrying a car in tow, crashes into your car?
If you are involved in an automobile accident with a commercial vehicle, such as a tow truck, you should the same thing you would do if you were in an accident with a passenger car: file a personal injury claim, and hiring a semi-truck accident attorney (also known as a personal injury attorney or auto accident attorney) can help you in your quest.
How Do Tow Trucks Cause Car Accidents?
You may not realize it, but tow trucks can cause automobile accidents in a few different ways. Obviously, you can get into an accident with a tow truck in the same ways that you can crash into any automobile. However, here are two unique ways that people crash with tow trucks:
1. The car that’s being towed disconnects from the tow truck and you crash into it.
You’re driving behind a tow truck with a car hooked up. All of a sudden, the car being towed becomes detached. Were you prepared for that situation? You may have to swerve to miss that car, but a maneuver to avoid one car accident can lead to another.
2. You fail to see the brake lights from the tow truck in front of you and you get into a rear-end crash with the tow truck.
Have you ever been driving behind a tow truck and ask yourself, “How do I know when that tow truck is stopping?” Brake lights on tow trucks aren’t always in the best visible places. Not only that, but if the car they are towing is big, the brake lights might be obstructed altogether. Some tow trucks use supplemental warning lights just in case, but those lights can malfunction due to short circuiting or the bulb light going out without the tow truck driver knowing.
Why Hire Our Semi-Truck Accident Lawyers?
Since 1992, the semi-truck accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Michael Pines, APC have been helping people just like you deal with the challenges of the legal process after a truck accident. Our firm’s founder, Michael Pines, is a former insurance company lawyer, so he knows how the insurance companies work. If you do not want insurance companies to take advantage of you, you should hire an experienced car accident lawyer from our law firm.
You shouldn’t have to worry about fighting insurance companies or even recovering what you lost. That’s what we’re here for, to help you recover the maximum personal injury settlement with the least amount of stress.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a tow truck crash, we urge you to contact our bilingual offices as soon as possible following the accident at 1-858-551-2090 or please click here for a free consultation with an experienced semi-truck accident attorney. We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you owe us nothing until we recover money on your behalf.