Tow Truck Accidents in Texas
Tow trucks, also known as wreckers and recovery trucks, are typically viewed as safety vehicles. We call tow trucks to help us in a time of need like when our car breaks down, has a flat tire, or has been involved in a fender bender. However, the large bulky size of tow trucks—the same qualities that we seek to help us—can be very dangerous, and sometimes deadly, when they are the cause of an accident on Texas roadways.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a car crash involving a tow truck, contact our team of tow truck accident lawyers at The Button Law Firm. We have experience advocating for innocent tow truck accident victims in Texas and can help you seek compensation for your injuries.
Causes of Tow Truck Accidents on Texas Roads
A tow truck can be tricky to operate due to the vehicle’s size, weight, and towing equipment, which can increase the risk of an accident. These attributes make tow truck crashes on Texas roadways very dangerous, and sometimes deadly. In fact, accidents are the leading cause of death for tow truck drivers.
Crashes involving tow trucks are 100% avoidable. Often, tow truck drivers are compensated by the number of tows they complete, so towing companies and operators focus on profits over people’s safety. The most common causes of tow truck crashes include:
- Distracted driving
- Driver exhaustion or drowsy driving
- Driver inexperience
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Improper maintenance of the tow truck that results in mechanical failures
- Improperly loading or securing a vehicle, causing them to shift while in operation
- Reckless driving such as speeding, not using turn signals, ignoring traffic signs, etc.
Common Types of Tow Truck Accidents
Tow truck accidents on Texas roads and highways can happen in different ways. Common scenarios are:
- Direct hit: The tow truck hits another car, bike, or pedestrian.
- T-bone accidents: The tow truck strikes the side of the victim’s vehicle. This may occur when one party is turning or crossing into an intersection and the other strikes it.
- Head-on accidents: When a driver is distracted on a two-way street or narrow highway. The tow truck strikes the other driver at the front of their vehicle.
- Rear-end accidents: If the tow truck fails to stop, this may cause the truck to strike the vehicle in front of them.
Tow trucks and towing that can cause serious accidents fall into six categories:
- Flatbed Tow Trucks
- Hook and Chain Tow Trucks
- Integrated Tow Trucks
- Oversized Tow Loads
- Rollback Tow Trucks
- Wheel-Lift Tow Trucks
Injuries From Tow Truck Accidents
When an accident is caused by a tow truck, especially on Texas highways, innocent crash victims are oftentimes seriously injured. Some common injuries include:
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones and fractures
- Head injuries
- Internal injuries, including internal bleeding, organ bruising or puncturing
- Neck and shoulder injuries
- Muscle damages
- Spinal cord injuries
If you were involved in an accident with a tow truck, you may be eligible for compensation to cover:
- Emotional distress
- Lost wages from your job while recovering from your injuries
- Medical expenses, including ongoing medical treatment
- Pain and suffering
In the instance that a loved one is tragically killed because of a tow truck accident, your family may be eligible for compensation to cover:
- Funeral expenses
- Medical expenses incurred prior to their passing
- Unexpected costly fees
Hurt in a Tow Truck Accident? We Can Help You
Tow truck accidents can take a toll on you and your family. Our team of experienced attorneys at The Button Law Firm is dedicated to advocating for you and your family after a tow truck accident. With offices in Dallas, Houston, and Midland, we are ready to listen, fight for you, and help you move forward. Call us at 214-699-4409 or fill out a contact form.
More Helpful Information on Texas Tow Truck Accidents from The Button Law Firm
- Tow Truck Accident Guide
- Tow Truck Car Crash Liability
- Tow Truck Accident Fatalities
- Hurt in a Tow Truck Accident? What To Do Next
Frequently Asked Questions About Helping You File a Tow Truck Accident Claim
How much does it cost to file a claim?
At The Button Law Firm, we don’t charge you or collect any upfront fees to get started on your case. We only get paid if your case gets resolved. This way, you can focus on healing from your injuries while we focus on advocating and fighting for you. Call us at 214-699-4409 or fill out a contact form to get started.
Who do you represent?
We are ready to advocate for individuals in Texas who have been seriously hurt because of a car crash with a tow truck. Our team of attorneys can also help the family members of loved ones who passed away in tow truck accidents. With offices in Dallas, Houston, and Midland, we are ready to advocate for you anywhere in the Lone Star State.
How can I file a claim?
Is there a time limit to file a claim?
Those who were seriously hurt or have family members who were injured or killed in an accident involving a tow truck have two years to file a claim. Contact our team of expert tow truck lawyers today at 214-699-4409 or fill out a contact form and we can determine how the legal statutes impact your case.
Why should I work with The Button Law Firm?
We are dedicated to helping people who have been seriously hurt in accidents involving tow trucks. Our tow truck accidents lawyers are ready to listen to you, advocate for you, and help you hold negligent tow truck operators accountable. See what our past clients had to say about working with us to handle their legal matters.