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Tow Truck Accidents

In 2011, there were 4,731 Oklahoma truck accidents, according to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office. Accidents involving large trucks, such as 18-wheelers, dump truck and tow trucks, often result in catastrophic injuries and extensive property damage.

Tow truck are a common sight on Oklahoma's roads and highways. They are used to transport motor vehicles from one location to the next. These vehicles are used to recover cars that can no longer be driven, as well as transporting new vehicles to dealerships or homes. Typically, tow trucks are run by private businesses or by government agencies, where major road authorities operate parts of the roads. The majority of private tow truck companies offer services towing cars, trucks, buses, tractor trailers and also relocating pieces of large machinery.

There are five types of tow trucks that are used to remove and impound vehicles. Listed below are the common types of tow trucks:

  • Boom
  • Hook & Chain
  • Wheel-Lift
  • Flatbed
  • Integrated

While there are other types of tow trucks, these are the ones that are seen frequently on the road.

Occasionally, tow trucks are involved in vehicle crashes. If you or a loved one has sustained an injury in a tow truck accident, you may have grounds for legal action. Contact a truck accident lawyer at The Edwards Law Firm to explore your legal options.

For additional information about truck accident claims, fill out the Free Case Review form.

Types of Tow Truck Crashes

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that accidents involving large trucks (vehicles that weigh more than 10,000 pounds) are on the rise.  When large trucks, such as tow trucks are involved in collisions with passenger vehicles, the people typically injured in the crash are the occupants of the passenger vehicle.

Listed below are the most common types of tow truck accidents:

If you have been injured in a tow truck accident, contact The Edwards Law Firm today.

Common Injuries in Tow Truck Accidents

Due to the size discrepancy between tow trucks and passenger vehicles, the passenger vehicle will often experience the brunt of the impact when they collide. This can result in vehicle occupants sustaining serious and life-threatening injuries.

Some of the most common injuries seen in tow truck collisions include:

  • Bone fractures
  • Lacerations
  • Whiplash
  • Head injuries
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Death

If your loved one was fatally injured in a tow truck accident, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim against the negligent party.  

To speak with an attorney about your loved ones untimely death, fill out the contact form on this page.

Tulsa Personal Injury Law Firm

According to the NHTSA, almost 75 percent of multi-vehicle crashes that involved large trucks resulted in injuries to occupants in the other vehicle. If you or a family member was injured in a tow truck crash, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses including medical expenses, lost wages and property damage.

At The Edwards Law Firm, we offer free legal consultations to all accident victims. During your consultation, an attorney will review the facts surrounding your collision and then recommend the best legal remedy for you to pursue.

Our law firm is available to provide legal services to residents in Tulsa, McAlester and the surrounding communities.

To speak with an attorney about your accident, fill out the contact form on this page.

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