Types of Tow TrucksThere are many types of tow trucks that you frequently see on Illinois roads. The most common types include:
- Flatbed - These tow trucks have a flatbed that allows a car or other vehicle to be pulled up onto the flatbed by a hydraulic lift. These tow trucks don’t require any part of your vehicle to be in contact with the roadway.
- Integrated - These are larger tow trucks used for towing buses or tractor trailers. Because they tow larger vehicles, integrated trucks are also larger than other tow trucks.
- Hook and chain - These tow trucks aren’t frequently seen today because they can actually cause additional damage to a vehicle. Hook and chain tow trucks are mostly used for vehicles that are going straight to a junkyard.
- Wheel lift - These trucks are what you probably think of when you think of a tow truck. Wheel lift trucks hook onto two wheels and pull the car behind.
Tow Truck Accident CausesHuman error causes most accidents. In fact, 94 percent of all accidents on the road are a result of human error or humans taking risks behind the wheel. When you are injured because someone else acted negligently behind the wheel, it’s incredibly frustrating. Not only are you dealing with an unnecessary injury, one that could have easily been avoided, but now you have to mend yourself and deal with rehabilitation to make a full recovery. Tow trucks are just like any other vehicle on the road and are not immune to negligent drivers. Common causes of tow truck accidents include:
- Not securing the load
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Running red lights
- Reckless driving
- Failure to yield
- Driving too quickly for the road conditions
- Improper maintenance
Injuries Caused by Tow Truck AccidentsWhen you’re injured in a car accident, your first thought is likely to figure out how you will get better. Being the victim of a tow truck accident is no different. Your injuries might be even more severe, so your recovery time might be much longer. The severity of injury you received could depend on many factors, including:
- The size and weight of the tow truck
- If the tow truck was carrying a load
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal bleeding
Damages to SeekFrom the day you’re injured, your sole focus should be on your recovery. When you’re facing time out of work, you may wonder where the money will come from to pay your medical bills, some of which may be extremely high, depending on the type of injury you suffered. That’s where we come in. When you work with us, we’ll fight hard to get you compensation for the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of companionship
- Emotional distress
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitation costs
Picking the Right Truck Accident LawyerWhen choosing an attorney to represent you in your tow truck accident claim, you need someone with whom you feel comfortable speaking and someone you can trust to help you recover what you need to heal physically and emotionally. You have enough to deal with right after your accident, and you don’t need to deal with the legal complexities of a personal injury claim, too.
Abels & Annes, P.C. 100 N LaSalle St #1710 Chicago, IL 60602 (312) 924-7575