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Tow Truck Accident Lawyer
When a tow truck is driven properly and operated by a qualified driver, these vehicles provide an essential service to help motorists transport their cars after they malfunction or they have been in an accident. Tow trucks are also useful to the police, businesses and local government in keeping people from parking illegally, abandoning their cars, or blocking traffic or fire lanes. They are also essential in transporting new cars or trucks to dealerships or homes. Unfortunately, like any other complex piece of machinery, a tow truck in the wrong hands can the cause of terrible accidents and collisions with other vehicles or pedestrians. Tow truck accidents account for dozens of serious injuries throughout Texas each year.
Causes of Towing Accidents
- Driver Fatigue
- Uncontrollable Trailer Swaying
- Hitch Failure
- Inadequate Driver Training
- Reduced Visibility Including Blind Spots
- Malfunctioning Trailer Lights
- Restricted Maneuverability
- Brake Failure
- Overheated Engines
- Braking Failure
- Wide Turning
- Vehicle Jackknife
- Bad Weather Conditions
- Distracted Driving
- Truck Tire Blowouts
- Poorly Maintained Vehicles and Towing Equipment
Tow Accident Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Neck and Back Injury
- Concussions and Contusions
- Lacerations and Burns
- Dental Injury
- Fractures and Broken Bones
- Internal Injury and Organ Damage
- Herniated Discs
- Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
- Broken Ribs and Sternum Injury
- Seatbelt Injuries
Filing a Claim for After a Texas Towing Accident
Types of Tow Trucks
- Hook/Chain Trucks—In this setup, chains are hooked around a vehicle frame or axle and the vehicle is pulled up by a hydraulic pulley. The rear axle is left on the ground for transport purposes.
- Wheel-Lift Trucks—In this configuration, a vehicle is pulled onto the tow in a similar way as a hook/chain tow truck. The difference is that a metal device is placed under the front or rear wheels to prevent the bumper from getting scratched during towing.
- Flatbed Trucks—Here, a hydraulically powered tow truck bed is used to position the broken vehicle on the back of the truck.
- Integrated Trucks—These lighter trucks are often used to repossesses vehicles or tow away illegally parked cars. Most tow trucks also have devices called “booms” for the purpose of recovering abandoned vehicles where the keys may not be present.
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