We rely on tow trucks to clear disabled vehicles, enforce parking regulations, and make our roads safer. However, when improperly operated, tow trucks can pose a serious danger to everyone on the road—precisely the opposite of their intended purpose.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a tow trucking accident, an experienced Worcester trucking accident attorney will help you defend your rights and get the compensation you deserve.
Why are Tow Truck Accidents So Dangerous?
There are several kinds of tow trucks, including the traditional hook and chain as well as flatbed, boom winch, and wheel lift trucks. One common characteristic they all share is that they are powerful and heavy. On average, a tow truck weighs over 10,000 pounds. Their sheer mass can make even the most innocent of accidents turn deadly.
What Causes Tow Truck Accidents?
On account of their size, tow trucks can be challenging to maneuver, especially with the added weight of a towed vehicle. The maneuverability challenge is compounded because tow trucks are frequently summoned to busy highways or dangerous city streets, where there may not be much room to move. A number of factors can cause a tow truck accident, including:
- Failing to properly secure the vehicle in tow
- Negligent or improperly trained drivers
- Drivers under the influence
- Poor tow truck maintenance
- Tow truck drivers falling asleep
- Tow truck brake failure
- Reckless driving
- Unsafe parking
- Distracted driving
How to Avoid Getting in a Tow Truck Accident
Contrary to popular belief, not all tow truck accidents are the fault of the truck driver. In fact, it’s everyone’s responsibility to avoid tow truck accidents. You can do your part by being aware, keeping a safe distance from tow trucks, and sharing the road responsibly. Take these precautions to limit your risk of getting into a tow truck accident.
Stay Out of Tow Truck Blind Spots
Because tow trucks are so large, it is difficult for truck drivers to see in all directions, especially when they have a vehicle in tow. Large trucks will always have larger blind spots than a car does. Staying out of these blind spots will help you stay safe on the road.
Avoid Turning Tow Trucks
Tow trucks often have to swing wide when turning. When driving alongside a tow truck, you should avoid turning next to the truck. Not only will the driver be unable to see your smaller vehicle, but the tow truck could crush your car in a collision.
Steer Clear in Slick Conditions
Slippery and uneven roads can cause a tow truck to jackknife, potentially taking your car with it. Keep a safe distance from large commercial vehicles when driving in inclement weather.
Give Tow Trucks Space to Stop
You wouldn’t expect a 10,000-pound truck to stop on a dime, so why would you cut off a tow truck? Remember that a tow truck will need extra room to brake to a complete stop compared to a regular passenger car, and give them the space they need to stop safely.
Tow Truck Accidents in the Courtroom
As commercial vehicles, tow trucks are generally backed by big commercial insurance companies and legal firms. Facing this kind of representation in court can be intimidating and requires the skills and knowledge of an experienced personal injury attorney.
At the law offices of Peter Ventura, we have decades of experience representing Worcester accident victims who have suffered injuries due to the negligence of large businesses. You can rest easy knowing that we will put that experience to work for you.
Retain a Worcester Tow Truck Accident Lawyer
Auto accidents are always dangerous, but accidents involving a large commercial vehicle such as a tow truck frequently cause serious injury or death. If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to a tow truck accident, you deserve to be compensated for injuries, lost wages, and medical and funeral expenses. We can help you pursue that compensation. For a free, no-obligation consultation, call our office or fill out the online form today.