A tow truck driver provides a valuable service when an accident occurs or a vehicle breaks down.
However, negligent tow truck operators rushing to a crash scene or distracted by something might be the cause of their own catastrophic collisions. Passengers of much smaller, lighter vehicles suffer grave consequences as a result.
Types of Tow Trucks
There are different types of tow trucks you might see on city streets or highways in Kansas and Missouri. Some are specialized vehicles that can tow larger pick-up trucks, commercial trucks, and equipment.
Typical kinds of tow trucks include:
Hook and Chain
Once chains connect to a vehicle's frame or axel, the tow truck lifts it up by a hydraulic pulley system. The damaged vehicle's rear axle remains on the ground while it's towed.
These towers use metal yokes instead of chains. This protects the transport vehicle from further damage.
A hydraulic system tilts this truck's bed so vehicles can be driven or hauled onto the ramp before transport.
Major Causes of Towing Truck Wrecks
It's not just a tow truck operator who may be liable for injury compensation. The company he or she works for, along with a fleet maintenance service, may also share responsibility. There are many reasons for collisions, including:
- Improper maintenance and repair of the tow truck
- Inexperienced, unqualified, or untrained truck drivers
- Improper loading or failure to properly secure transport vehicles
- Unsafe lane changes
- Distracted driving, including any form of cellphone use
- Drowsy driving
- Failure to properly use warning signals
If a towing truck operator caused your collision in Kansas or Missouri, our experienced truck accident attorneys are ready to fight for the compensation you deserve for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact us online or call our office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule a free consultation to learn more about your legal options.