Houston Tow Truck Accident Lawyer

Hurt in a Wrecker Accident? Speak With Our Tow Truck Accident Lawyer

Texas Tow Truck Accident LawyerA tow truck, also known as a wrecker truck, is a truck that transports other vehicles that have either broken down or are no longer able to drive. For example, if you get a flat tire while driving, you may call a tow truck to transport your car to a nearby service shop. Tow trucks also move new vehicles to dealerships, transport heavy equipment and move vehicles that have parked illegally or have been abandoned.

Though many of us associate these vehicles with helpful services, it is possible for them to cause more harm than good. Just as with any other motor vehicle on the road, tow trucks can get into accidents or cause collisions. With their large size and considerable blind spots, it’s not uncommon for collisions with tow trucks to occur. Often, however, victims of these crashes don’t know how to proceed.

Getting into an accident with a tow truck, especially one that is hauling one or more vehicles, can cause catastrophic injuries or death. If you have been in a tow truck accident in Houston or the surrounding area, schedule a free, confidential consultation to discuss your situation. Attorney Daniel D. Horowitz, III can answer your legal questions and can help you understand your potential legal options.

Attorney Daniel D. Horowitz, III: Your Tow Truck Accident Attorney

Car accidents of any kind can be rattling. When you need to go to court to seek proper compensation, the process becomes even more stressful. The stakes are high in these cases, too, as the settlement can help you pay for your medical bills and time off-work spent in recovery. Because there is so much on the line, it is important to hire an attorney who has direct experience with tow truck accidents.

Our team is dedicated to truck accident law. We know how impactful these cases can be because we have seen them from both sides—as attorneys and as former truck drivers. This insight fuels our mission to give our clients comprehensive, reliable advice after a tow truck collision to ensure that the event doesn’t ruin their lives.

Our firm’s expertise in this field gives you a competitive advantage in the courtroom. There is no one in Houston who can help you better than we can.

How We Help Victims of Tow Truck Accidents

After a tow truck accident, there are immediate steps you should take to protect your potential accident claim. One of these steps is to preserve evidence from the scene to build a strong case. This requires a truck accident investigation.

Once the involved vehicles are towed from the accident scene, and witnesses leave, evidence disappears quickly. Our tow truck accident lawyer helps clients:

  • Recover and preserve important evidence from the crash scene
  • Hire reconstruction experts to determine the cause of the crash
  • Recruit expert witnesses to build a strong case

We provide a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation to Texas truck accident victims. During this consultation, we will:

  • Listen to your unique situation
  • Answer any legal questions and address any concerns you may have
  • Ask questions to better determine whether you have a viable truck accident claim
  • Explain whether we may be able to help you and your potential legal options

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Who Is At-fault for Accidents with Tow Trucks  in Texas?

Determining truck accident fault is generally more complicated than car accidents. One of the reasons for this is that typically more than one person is responsible for the tow truck.

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TLDR) has laws that regulate tow truck licensing and permits. When a tow truck driver and/or a trucking company act negligently, they may be held liable for crashes.

Tow truck companies must vet and hire drivers with valid licenses. Companies are also responsible for ensuring the trucks are maintained and the drivers are properly trained. Drivers are responsible for following traffic laws and ensuring tow loads are properly secured. Because these drivers are professionally trained, it can be hard to convince the court that they were partially to blame for the accident, even if that is the reality.

Sharing Fault

Because so many people share responsibility for tow trucks, it is possible that more than one party could be to blame for the accident. This is distinct from standard car accidents, which typically find one of the two parties to be responsible. When several parties must share fault, the case may get even more complicated and drawn out.

In a wrecker accident, parties that could share fault for the accident include, but are not limited to:

  • Tow truck driver
  • Tow truck company
  • Tow truck owner
  • Truck maintenance company

Holding several parties responsible can create additional work and difficulties for your case. The Law Office of Daniel D. Horowitz, III PC may be able to help you determine the at-fault parties after a tow truck crash. We handle personal injury and wrongful death claims for victims who have been seriously injured or killed in crashes with tow trucks and other commercial vehicles.

Admitting Fault

Unfortunately, it can be relatively easy to admit fault without intending to. Anything you say at the scene of an accident can later be used against you to show that you hold some (if not all) of the responsibility. This is why it’s important to be careful about what you say and do following an accident. Do not apologize to the other driver, nor admit to any police officers or witnesses that you did anything wrong, even if you suspect that you did. Remain as impartial as possible and only give factual, unbiased information.

Insurance Companies

Many people believe that insurance companies exist to help people. Unfortunately, in times of crisis, insurance companies often do not support their clients. In fact, most of them will do anything they can to avoid paying for a settlement. In some situations, they will intimidate clients, hoping that their tactics will result in an admission of guilt or a waiver of rights.

If an insurance company contacts you, refuse to answer any questions or give any information. Instead, instruct the adjuster to contact your attorney with any questions or for any statements. This ensures that you do not inadvertently waive your right to a settlement or financial support.

It is also important to note that many insurance companies will pressure you into giving a statement and imply that you must speak with them. This is untrue and merely one of many predatory actions some companies take to avoid payouts. They may also have you followed by an investigator to verify that your actions fit with the injuries that you claim to have. This can be invasive and intimidating, but your attorney can help.

When Should I Hire a Truck Accident Lawyer?

When you get into an accident, it is important to call an attorney as soon as possible. As mentioned, evidence from your case begins to disappear when the accident scene is cleared. Once evidence begins to disappear, it’s harder to build a convincing case for the court, as it becomes less and less clear what actually occurred.

What’s more, your attorney can start protecting you from insurance company maneuvers and tactics as soon as you hire them. It is important to have this protection early in the process—insurance companies often call quickly after an accident, hoping to rush you into waiving your rights. It’s best not to waste any time and call your accident attorneys right away.

What to Do After a Houston Truck Accident

If you are in a collision with a wrecking truck, it is important to be prepared and aware of what to do. If you prepare correctly, you may be able to preserve your case and ensure that you are properly compensated for what happened. Many clients discover that already having a plan in place helps them in the event that an accident does occur.

If you are in a tow truck wreck or a towing accident, do the following:

  • Assess your own injuries. If you are excessively bleeding, are unable to move any or all parts of your body, or feel dizzy or faint, remain where you are until medical help arrives.
  • If you feel able to do so, get out of the vehicle. If your car still runs, you may drive it to the road shoulder.
  • Exchange information with the driver of the tow truck, making sure to collect their name, the company they work for, their license information, and the company insurance information. A phone number and email address may also be helpful.
  • Take photos of the damage. This includes any visible injuries, damage to either vehicle, debris on the road, and damage to property or roadways.
  • Note any witnesses present. If individuals saw what happened, ask if you can take their names and phone numbers in case your attorney needs them later.
  • Call your attorney. Though this is last on the list, it is important to do it as soon as possible when you’ve completed your other accident site tasks. We may have additional instructions for you and may be able to begin building your case right away. The sooner we begin, the more of an advantage you have in the end.

Following these steps may preserve your case and allow you to get the financial support that you need and deserve. It is important to remember that, just as with any other car accident, it is important that you do not admit fault or apologize. Only discuss contact and insurance information with the other driver. If the police arrive on the scene, give them your account of what happened without embellishment or any indication of who was at fault.

Potential Injuries in a Trucking Accident

If you are in an accident with a tow truck, you may suffer injuries. While mild injuries are possible, they are certainly not the standard in these types of accidents. Trucks have an advantage in both size and weight, meaning they are more likely to inflict harm on your vehicle than the other way around. Unfortunately, this means that it is entirely possible for you to be seriously hurt, and many people suffer life-changing injuries after a tow truck accident.

Some common injuries following a trucking accident include:

  • Brain injuries and concussions
  • Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
  • Broken bones
  • Lacerations
  • Road rash
  • Dental injuries
  • Torn ligaments

Serious injuries can even result in death.

All of these accident outcomes can be extremely serious and require professional medical treatment. Unless you earn a settlement from the other driver’s insurance company or the driver themselves, you will likely have to pay a large portion of the medical bills yourself. For serious conditions such as these, the required sum can be astronomical.

Our firm believes that an auto accident is hard enough on your car, your body, and your mental health—it shouldn’t have to wreck your finances too. This is why we work diligently to help you get the settlement that you deserve.

What to Expect From Your Tow Truck Accident Attorneys

We believe that your truck or car accident lawyer should be compassionate and patient, as well as thorough and effective. Car accidents are extremely traumatic, especially when you experience a collision with a truck or other large vehicle. Talking about what happened may be difficult, and many people feel vulnerable while still healing from any injuries they’ve sustained. Still, it is important that you can trust your injury attorney. You will need to be honest with them, and we believe that it is your lawyer’s responsibility to cultivate a comfortable enough environment for you to do so. At our law firm, we do this by providing the utmost respect and kindness to all of our clients.

Contact a Texas Tow Truck Accident Attorney After a Truck Crash

Attorney Daniel D. Horowitz, III understands that tow truck accidents can cause serious or fatal injuries. You should be able to focus on recovery, but it is common for medical expenses, rehabilitative treatment and property damage costs to add up and cause financial stress. We have the experience and dedication to help you with your case.

We help our clients recover the financial compensation they need and deserve after truck accidents. Call us today at (832) 460-5181 and schedule a free consultation to discuss your situation and legal options. You may also contact us via our website.