Tow trucks are there to help you if your car breaks down or if you have been in an accident. However, in some cases these trucks can also cause a collision or can become involved in a crash. The reality is that tow truck drivers have a dangerous job and many sustain on-the-job injuries in Homestead and other communities each year.
There are many ways that a simple tow can go wrong:
1) A tow truck driver can be injured while attempting to help a customer.
One of the reasons why tow truck drivers face such dangers on the job is that they are often called into high-risk situations. They may need to drive out in bad weather or poor visibility to deal with weather-related issues or may be asked to clean up after an accident. While they are pulled over on the side of the road and walking to and from their truck to help others, tow truck drivers are vulnerable to other drivers on the road. If motorists do not slow down when they see a tow truck with its flashing lights, they can easily crash into the tow truck or driver. Each year, serious injuries and fatalities result from this type of negligence.
2) A driver may get into a collision like any other motorist.
Tow truck drivers generally have more experience and more training than many drivers on the road. Nevertheless, they may make mistakes or have problems with road design, poor signage, and poor visibility, just like any other driver. In some cases, tow truck drivers are more vulnerable as they may need to work early in the morning or late at night or may need to work on unfamiliar roads to help a customer.
3) A driver may fail to attach a vehicle correctly.
If the car or vehicle is not correctly secured to the tow truck, it can become disconnected, potentially crashing into vehicles behind the truck. This can cause catastrophic collisions. This is a rarer occurrence, since tow truck operators are trained, but this type of mistake still can and does still occur.
4) The tow truck may experience mechanical failure.
Mechanical failure is a fear for many Homestead drivers, but it can be even more terrifying if a tow truck is involved. If the connection between the tow truck and the car’s brake lights is defective, you may not realize when a truck is slowing down. If the tow truck itself breaks down or the brakes fail, the operator may not be able to avoid a crash.
Have you been injured in a collision involving a tow truck? You deserve answers and you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses. To find out more and to get a full and free legal analysis of your situation, contact the law offices of Flaxman Law Group today. Our full service law firm can set up a free appointment with you so that you can review the specifics of your case and get some answers.