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Houston Tow Truck Accidents

If you were injured in a tow truck accident, you might be confused about your legal rights and options. The Doan Law Firm provides a free, no-obligation consultation in which you can learn more about your right to seek compensation. Call our Houston truck accident lawyer today to get started on your claim.

Common Causes of Tow Truck Accidents

Tow trucks serve a useful service to the public by helping to get malfunctioned vehicles off the roadway. However, the tow truck industry is competitive. Many companies try to field calls at all times, day and night, and may rush the job. Some common reasons for tow truck accidents include:

  • Fatigued driving
  • Speeding
  • Inexperienced drivers
  • Distracted driving
  • Impaired driving
  • Failing to properly park the tow truck or activate hazard lights
  • Improperly securing the vehicle so it falls off during transit
  • Failure to properly maintain the vehicle
  • Defective repairs
  • Vehicle defects

An experienced personal injury lawyer can review your case and determine all of your legal options.

Houston Tow Truck Regulations

State law defines a tow truck as a vehicle used for the purposes of towing, carrying, pushing, or transporting any motor vehicle. The city of Houston owns and contracts out with some towing trucks, which are used to tow city vehicles, as well as vehicles removed from crime scenes. Additionally, the city may use contract auto wreckers, which have a Police Authorized Tow Service Agreement with the city, are registered with the city, and must display a special medallion denoting them.

Houston Tow Truck Companies

There are dozens of companies that provide towing services in the Houston area. Some of the more common ones include:

  • Texas Best Towing & Heavy Duty Wrecker
  • Clear Lake Towing
  • Houston Flatbed Towing and Wrecker Service
  • Best One Towing & Wrecker Service
  • Certified Towing Tow Truck Houston
  • V1 Towing Wrecker Service
  • 360 Towing Solutions
  • Mega Towing Houston

Filing a Personal Injury Claim After a Houston Tow Truck Accident

Most tow truck accident claims are subject to Texas’ two-year statute of limitations, which sets a time limit to file a personal injury lawsuit. However, if the tow truck is owned or contracted by the city, you may need to provide notice to the city of your legal claim under the following law:

Notice, Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code § 101.101.

  1. A governmental unit is entitled to receive notice of a claim against it under this chapter not later than six months after the day that the incident giving rise to the claim occurred. The notice must reasonably describe:(1) the damage or injury claimed;(2) the time and place of the incident; and (3) the incident.

If you don’t provide this notice to the city within six months of the accident date or it does not sufficiently detail the reason for your claim, you could lose the right to seek compensation for your injuries. Preserve your legal rights by contacting an experienced Houston tow truck accident lawyer.

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If you were injured in a tow truck accident in Houston, reach out to The Doan Law Firm for your free case review. We have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for our clients and have a nationwide network of firms available to assist you. Call us today to get started.

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