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Tow trucks play an important role after a vehicle accident. These vehicles ensure that the cars involved in the accident can be safely transported and the road can be cleared for other drivers. When tow truck drivers do their job well, they can make drivers’ lives easier and safer. However, when transporting a vehicle on a tow truck, a lot can go wrong, especially if the driver is not acting safely or following towing regulations.

Tow trucks are much larger than other vehicles on the road. They are weighted down when they transporting another vehicle or even multiple vehicles. Because of the extra weight from the vehicles being towed, tow truck drivers need the skill to carefully steer the tow truck safely. Even small errors that the driver makes can have disastrous results for other people on the road.

If you have been in an accident with a tow truck, you understand the power these vehicles have to do extreme damage to not only your car but also to you and the passengers in your vehicle. From careless driving mistakes to problems with the vehicles being towed, a tow truck accident can have extremely serious consequences for you and your loved ones.

After a tow truck accident, you may be experiencing severe injuries and property damage. You are also probably feeling frustrated that another driver’s actions have turned your life upside down.

When you are facing the aftermath of a serious tow truck accident, it may feel like you have nowhere to turn and no action that you can take. However, when another driver has caused you such extreme harm, you have the right to seek justice.

The Denver truck accident attorneys at The Bourassa Law Group are prepared to help you fight back against the tow truck that caused your accident. We have years of experience with personal injury law, and we understand your rights as the injured party. With the help of one of our attorneys, you may be able to receive compensation after this accident that can help you repair the damage that has been done. Contact us today at (303) 331-6186 to let us begin working on your case.

Why You Need A Lawyer

After a serious car accident, you will be facing many different challenges. One of the most difficult and frustrating of these challenges will be trying to juggle all of the competing pressure for your time. You may be speaking with numerous doctors, auto repair shops, several insurance companies, and other lawyers.

It is easy to get overwhelmed when you are asked to provide so much information to so many different people and organizations. However, each of these conversations is important since they can determine the outcome of your case. Even small mistakes you might inadvertently make when speaking to these individuals could seriously damage your chances of receiving compensation.

With a skilled accident attorney by your side, you can stop managing all of these calls by yourself and make sure that you are providing the best and most consistent information possible. A lawyer will help you organize your thoughts and present them well to each of the people who need your statement.

They will also help reduce the pressure you are facing, by acting as your representative who can take calls and speak with these companies when you cannot. Hiring a lawyer will not only decrease your stress after an accident, but it will also ensure that you have the best possible case by providing solid evidence and facts that will bring you justice. If your life has been seriously impacted by tow truck accident, you need an attorney at your side to fight for you.

Why Choose Us?

The attorneys at The Bourassa Law Group not only have experience working with people after a serious accident, but we also have a track record of proven success. We have helped our clients receive thousands of dollars in compensation after a serious accident.

These settlements allow our clients to move forward with their lives and protect themselves and their families, even after this terrible event. We firmly believe that you should not pay for the damage that another person has caused you, and we are prepared to help

The Bourassa Law Group knows how important this case is to you and your loved ones. We also know that entering the legal battle to get compensation is daunting. However, we will be working with you through every step of the process. It is important to us that you receive the best possible legal counseling based on your individual needs.

We understand that every case is different, and you should expect your lawyer to build a case that takes into account these important differences. The compassionate attorneys at The Bourassa Law Group are proud of the work we do, and we are prepared to help bring you or your loved ones the justice you deserve.

Understanding Tow Trucks

Tow truck is an umbrella term for several different styles of vehicles, which are all able to hold the weight of at least one car and that can move that car from one location to another. There are three most common tow trucks that a towing company may use.

The “flatbed” tow truck has a flat surface where the car in-tow will sit. The entire car is placed onto this surface and no part of it is touching the ground, meaning that the tow-truck is carrying the entire weight of the car.

The “wheel-lift” tow truck connects to either the front or back wheels of the damaged car and lifts them off the ground. The other pair of wheels sits on the ground and will roll when the tow truck is moving.

Similarly, the “hook-and-chain” tow truck lifts one set of wheels off the ground while the other set will roll. However, this style of tow truck connects a chain underneath the car to lift it.

There are significant differences in the operation of each of these tow trucks, both in how to connect the vehicle in-tow, as well as how the truck will drive while towing. Due to their size and weight, extra care and attention should be given to the vehicle in-tow because it is unable to move independently of the tow truck. A person who has not received proper training on their specific style of towing vehicle can cause serious accidents on the road.

Causes of Tow Truck Accidents

Given that there are many different elements of safety and responsibility that are required to safely operate a tow truck, there are also many different ways that a tow truck accident can occur. These accidents may be caused by an error made by an individual driver, or they could be the result of the company’s negligence. Either way, the consequences are severe for other drivers on the road.

An accident that occurs as the result of the driver’s careless or reckless actions typically involves either a problem with the connection between the vehicle and the tow truck or a problem with the way the driver is operating the tow truck itself. Some examples of accidents which involve driver error may include:

  • Failure to properly secure the vehicle to the tow truck
  • Inexperience with the use of the equipment on the tow truck
  • Driving faster than is safe while towing or speeding
  • Failure to use turn signals
  • Driving while distracted or fatigued
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Failure to follow the laws of the road

In each of these examples, the driver did not use the appropriate procedures or actions to ensure the safety of others on the road. This can demonstrate that the driver was acting recklessly or was negligent in their duty. If the actions of a tow truck driver caused your accident, this individual should take responsibility for the harm they have caused. Perhaps even more importantly, this person should not be working as a tow truck driver, if they have endangered the lives of others.

On the other hand, a towing company also has many responsibilities to make sure that they are providing a safe towing service. If they fail to do this, they put the lives of all other drivers at serious risk. Although many towing companies aim to provide the best possible service, others may try to cut corners and save money, without considering the consequences.

These companies may demonstrate serious negligence or even complete disregard for the safety of others. If a towing company is not diligent about safety, some of the most common problems that can cause an accident are:

  • Hiring unqualified drivers
  • Hiring individuals with a past record of reckless or intoxicated driving
  • Failing to train drivers on the operation of the tow truck
  • Failing to properly maintain the tow truck rigging or the truck itself
  • Asking drivers to work excessively long shifts which could lead to fatigue
  • Asking drivers to carry more weight than is safe for the tow truck

Towing companies with these kinds of problems create a severe and unnecessary risk for all other drivers and even their employees. Any company that participates in these dangerous actions, whether intentionally or unintentionally, should not be allowed to continue operating, and they must take responsibility for their actions.

Contact Us

If you or your loved ones have been in a serious tow truck accident, you need the help of the attorneys at The Bourassa Law Group. We understand how important it is that the tow truck driver takes responsibility for the damage they have done, and we are ready to work with you to make this happen.

You should not have to suffer the consequences of another person’s careless or reckless actions, and we will help you fight back. To understand how we can help you and to begin work on your case, contact one of our personal injury attorneys today at (303) 331-6186.

Frequently asked questions

The legal definition of a personal injury is when someone’s failure to use reasonable care in a particular situation results in another person’s physical, emotional, or psychological injury. Personal injury cases often rely on the elements of negligence to prove the responsible party’s actions were the cause of the other party’s injuries.

The length of a personal injury case depends on the type of case and various factors, such as the severity of the injury sustained and the duration of necessary treatment. A car accident case might take six months to resolve, while a wrongful death lawsuit could take two years. It all depends on the circumstances surrounding the case.

No. Whether you got hurt in a car accident or on someone else’s property, you should never speak with their liability insurance company about the claim. They try to save money whenever possible and could attempt to trick you into accepting a low settlement amount or intimidate you into dropping the case. Your Denver personal injury lawyer will handle all communication on your behalf.

It depends. A vast majority of personal injury cases settle out of court. When we file a claim with the insurance company, we’ll submit evidence that proves you deserve compensation for your injuries. Sometimes the insurer is willing to settle. Other times, they deny the claim or provide a settlement much lower than you deserve. Under those circumstances, we will file a lawsuit and take the case to court.

Mediation is a step during a lawsuit where both sides meet to try to reach an agreement. The mediator listens to the arguments on both the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s sides and attempts to resolve the issue. If they can reach an agreement, they will settle out of court, and the case will get dismissed. If they can’t resolve the matter, the case will proceed to trial.

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