Car Towing Accidents
Generally, vehicles operating normally are dangerous enough to others when drivers are not careful. However, additional safety issues arise when a car is being towed by a truck delivering a vehicle to a different location or transporting a disabled vehicle from one place to another. Additionally, many people decide to rent cars or attach a hitch to their own truck or van in order to bring a car on vacation or move to a new home. Accidents involving a towed car can lead to significant injuries for everyone involved, such as broken bones, paralysis, and brain injuries, many of which can involve permanent impairments. The Miami car accident attorneys at our Law Offices of Robert Dixon help victims injured in car towing accidents pursue legal action against those responsible for their harm.
When injuries are severe, insurance benefits do not cover the escalating costs of treatment and rehabilitation, making legal recourse the only way for victims to have the resources necessary to move forward. We assist people throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties with personal injury and wrongful death claims against negligent defendants. If you have been injured in a car towing accident, or if you have lost someone in your family in a fatal collision, contact our office today to find out more about your legal options.Dangers of Car Towing
When one vehicle is towing another, the towing vehicle experiences an undue amount of additional weight. The heavier weight can result in the driver losing control more easily and cause an accident. Car towing accidents can take the form of rollovers, head-on crashes, rear-end collisions, or T-bone collisions. These types of accidents can be caused by an array of factors, many indicating a driver’s negligence, including:
- Driver distraction
- Failing to adjust driving practices in inclement weather
- Fatigued drivers
- Hitch failure or improper loading
- Brake failure or defective vehicle parts
- Inability to control swaying of the trailer
- Driver inexperience or inadequate training
- Failure to monitor blind spots
- Improper turning
Most of these common causes of car towing accidents involve negligent acts by one or more of the parties involved. Negligence exists when one party breaches a duty of reasonable care owed to another person, causing a victim’s injuries and resulting in damages. For instance, all motorists owe each other and other road users, such as pedestrians and bicyclists, a duty to act as a reasonable and prudent person would act in a similar situation. When a driver fails to take proper precautions in attaching a hitch or in securing a car to tow, resulting in its detachment, that driver could be found negligent because a reasonable person would have made the effort to ensure that the hitch was properly attached.
Manufacturers of defective parts or vehicles are also strictly liable for the harm caused by these defects. This means that they can be held liable based simply on the existence of the defect, rather than any negligence in causing it. Additionally, the towing vehicle’s owner, a rental company, or others may be involved in claims arising from a car towing accident. Because of the complicated nature of these lawsuits, it is important to consult a knowledgeable injury attorney as soon as possible to make sure that you are properly compensated for medical expenses, loss of income, and diminished earning potential, as well as any pain and suffering endured.Discuss Your Car Accident Case with a Miami Attorney
Car towing accidents can involve very specific and detailed evidence, and they may benefit from consultations with accident reconstruction specialists and medical experts. The car crash attorneys at our Law Offices of Robert Dixon are available to make sure that victims have the legal support necessary to navigate these complex cases. If you have been injured in an accident involving a towed vehicle in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, or the surrounding areas, call (877) 499-4878 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation to learn more about how we can help.