TOW TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYERS IN HUNTSVILLE AL
Ferguson & Ferguson
Attorneys at Law
Whenever one vehicle is towing another, there is a greater risk of an accident. Tow trucks weigh an average of 10,000 pounds, which can make it more difficult for the truck to stop. In the United States, you will find approximately 35,000 towing companies, with hundreds of thousands of people being employed by them. Tow truck drivers respond to about 15 million accidents every year. Our Huntsville and Decatur tow truck accident attorneys are skilled at handling all truck accident cases. If you or a loved one was injured or killed in an accident involving a tow truck, then you should contact an Alabama personal injury lawyer today. Our attorneys have been getting maximum recoveries on tow truck accident cases in Alabama for over 25 years, Call us now at 256-534-3435.
Types of Tow Trucks
There are several different kinds of tow trucks on the road, including the following:
- Hook and Chain Tow Trucks: Chains are hooked around a vehicle frame or axle and the front of the vehicle is lifted off the ground, while the rear axle remains on the ground for transport purposes. These tow trucks work by putting hooks under the frame or around the axle of the towed vehicle. Hook and chain trucks are not popular because the tow truck driver must have access to the towed vehicle’s keys. Moreover, hook and chain tow trucks can cause a lot of damage to the towed vehicle.
- Wheel-Lift Tow Trucks: Uses a metal yoke which fits under the front or rear wheels, and lifted with a hydraulic hoist for towing. These tow trucks work by sliding a steel yoke underneath the rear wheels of a towed vehicle. After sliding the yoke, the vehicle is lifted up, pulled backward, and towed away. These are tow trucks primarily used in repossessions because they work quickly and can tow a vehicle without requiring the tow truck driver to get out of the tow truck.
- Flatbed or Slide Tow Trucks: A traditional flatbed truck is outfitted with a hydraulically inclined bed enabling it to get to ground level to slide the disabled vehicle up and onto the flatbed. These two trucks have a flatbed that tilts down. Once the flatbed is tilted down the towed vehicle can be pulled up onto the flatbed with cables or chains. Once the vehicle is pulled up the flatbed tilts back up, and the tow truck can drive away. This type of tow truck is recommended because it is least likely to damage a towed vehicle and can tow badly damaged vehicles after a car accident.
- Integrated or Repo Trucks: Lighter trucks often used in the repossession of vehicles, or towing illegally parked vehicles. Controls for this truck are in the cab, making it easier and quicker to lift a car without having leave the truck to attach it. These tow trucks consolidate both the boom and the wheel lift.
- Boom: Tow trucks of all kinds often are equipped with a boom used to recover vehicles from ditches, or in other situations when the truck operator does not have the keys to the vehicle being towed.These tow trucks have a slanted boom used to hoist one end of the towed vehicle and are particularly useful for pulling vehicles out of mud, embankments, ditches, and lakes.
Types of Tow Truck Accident Damages
If you or a loved one were involved in an accident with a tow truck, you may be able to recover the following damages:
- Property loss
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Current medical bills
- Past medical bills
- Future medical bills connected to injuries
- Pain and suffering
- Costs of physical therapy
- Permanent injury or disability
- Mental anguish
- Household and vehicle modifications
- Wrongful death damages
- Punitive damages
Our Tow Truck Accident Attorneys Are Ready to Help
The attorneys at Ferguson & Ferguson, are nationally recognized tow truck accident lawyers. If you were injured because of the negligence of a tow truck driver, call our office now to schedule a free no obligation consultation. We take all of our personal injury cases on a contingent fee basis, you will not pay us anything if we do not win. Call us today at 256-534-3435. The tow truck accident attorneys are ready to provide you with a free review of your case.