Tow trucks are a necessity on the road, especially after an accident. Vehicles break down in dangerous areas and need to be moved, and only a properly equipped truck can tow such a vehicle to a safe location. Tow trucks are sometimes involved in accidents themselves, however. Such a large vehicle, especially if it is towing another car, can cause serious physical and property damage.
If you or a loved one has been in an accident with a tow truck, you need a lawyer who understands St. Louis truck accident law. You’ve just been through a terrible ordeal, but our skilled legal team is here to help. The award-winning St. Louis tow truck accident lawyers at OnderLaw have the drive, resources, and experience needed to recover full compensation for tow truck victims.
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If you’ve been in an accident with a tow truck, there are several parties that may have liability for the crash. Fault may lie not only with the driver, but also with the towing company. Large trucks can cause a lot of damage and devastating injuries in an accident, and your claim could cost the towing company’s insurer a lot of money.
A skilled lawyer can deal with the insurance company for you, as well as collect evidence and conduct a thorough investigation of the accident to determine who was at fault. If someone else’s negligence was responsible for your injuries, a good accident attorney can make them pay.
OnderLaw has years of experience helping clients recover millions in compensation for their injuries, in St. Louis and nationwide. We take pride in our ability to provide top-quality, personalized legal representation to each of our clients. When you hire our firm, you bring in an award-winning team of advocates who will fight relentlessly for your rights to compensation for your injuries.
At OnderLaw , we understand the pain of recovering from a massive truck accident. We help people going through the same situation every day. We can handle the legal battle while you focus on what’s most important right now: your own health and your family’s well-being.
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Driving a tow truck has challenges that go beyond the usual dangers that drivers of other vehicles face. A tow truck driver receives special training to learn how to properly secure a car to the hitch or trailer. Federal law requires a driver towing more than 26,000 pounds to have a commercial driver’s license. An unqualified driver or one that doesn’t follow the right procedures may cause an accident.
Here are some common risk factors in tow truck accidents:
A good accident investigation can uncover important facts, such as whether the driver was qualified and followed proper towing and driving procedures, whether the towing company performed necessary background checks, and whether they properly maintained the vehicle.
Tow trucks are heavy vehicles. Even lighter trucks can weigh around five tons, and tow a weight of 7,000 to 11,000 pounds. Larger tow trucks and car carriers can weigh upwards of 23 tons, in addition to their payload. When one of these vehicles crashes, it can cause significant devastation to other cars on the road as well as the surrounding environment. The car being towed poses an additional hazard, as it may become unhitched during the accident and impact other vehicles.
Any combination of injuries is possible, but the types of injuries a tow truck accident victim might sustain include:
You should discuss your injuries with your lawyer as soon as possible to determine how they might impact the compensation in your case.
If you’ve just been in an accident with a tow truck, you may have many questions. Here are answers to the most common questions we receive. Your lawyer can provide more detailed information when you meet to discuss your case.
If you are seeking compensation for your injuries in a tow truck accident, there are several steps you should take to ensure the case you make for compensation is as strong as possible.
The success of your claim will rest partly on your ability to provide necessary medical and accident-related documentation.
Missouri law requires towing companies to have a minimum of $15,000/$30,000 in liability coverage. They may also hold medical coverage for passengers, comprehensive coverage for non-accident damage, uninsured and underinsured motorist protection, and on-hook coverage, which protects the vehicle they are towing.
Each accident is unique, and the type of compensation you receive for an accident will depend on the level of negligence of the other driver or towing company, as well as the severity of your injuries. There are several typical forms compensation may take, however:
Medical care is extremely expensive, especially for the kinds of injuries sustained in truck accidents. Compensation and reimbursement of lost wages may be key to your successful recovery.
If you or a loved one is suffering from injuries sustained in an accident with a tow truck, you need an experienced St. Louis tow truck accident lawyer on your side. Our award-winning legal professionals will research every aspect of your case to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Call OnderLaw or fill out our contact form today to schedule a free consultation.