Chicago Towing Accidents Can Cause Catastrophic Injuries
Driving can be especially dangerous to motorists and passengers when sharing the roadway with the vehicle in tow. Each day, truckers deliver automobiles between locations, pick up disabled vehicles broken down along the highway or deliver new cars to dealerships. In addition, many homeowners rent trailers and moving vans to tow a vehicle to their new home. Vacationers tow boats, campers, and horse trailers during the warmer months of the year. The high number of towing vehicles has increased the rate of towing accidents on the nation’s highways, roadways and streets.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represents people who are injured in accidents involving towed vehicles in the Chicagoland area. Let our attorneys investigate your tow accident case without any out-of-pocket cost to determine who the responsible parties are and how we can get the compensation that you are entitled to receive under Illinois law. Free case evaluation.
The Cause of Towing Accidents
The most common types of towing accidents include rollovers, T-bone crashes, head-on collisions, rear-end accidents, brake failures, and tire blowouts. Shifting loads, distracted driving, and harsh weather conditions can also contribute to serious towing accidents with injuries and fatalities. Other factors can increase the potential of a towing accident, which includes:
- Driver fatigue
- Uncontrollable trailer swaying
- Hitch failure causing a towed vehicle to disconnect
- Inexperienced driving due to inadequate training
- Reduced visibility including blind spots
- Missing, malfunctioning or faulty trailer lights
- Restricted maneuverability
- Brake failure
- Overheated engines, braking systems and transmissions due to excessive weight
- Tight radius turning space
- Vehicle Jackknife
- Poor traffic and weather conditions
- Distracted driving including drinking, eating, talking on the phone and texting
- Defective tires and blowouts
- Poorly maintained vehicles and towing equipment
Anyone of these factors can increase the potential of an accident with severe injuries and death.
Tow Accident Injuries
There is an excessive amount of additional weight load to the front vehicle anytime another vehicle is being towed. This heavyweight load can cause the driver to lose control, resulting in extensive property damage, injuries, and fatalities when involved in an accident. In many incidences, the results of a towing accident can be catastrophic and cause severe injury like:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and injuries to the head
- Neck and back injury
- Concussions and contusions
- Lacerations and burns
- Dental injury
- Fractures and broken bones
- Internal injury and organ damage
- Herniated discs and spinal cord injury (SCI)
- Injury to the torso and ribs
- Injury caused by the seatbelt
Any victim who suffers a serious injury caused by a towing vehicle has the legal right to seek compensation for their damages, injuries, and losses.
Filing a Claim for Compensation After a Chicago Towing Accident
Negligence by commercial truckers and other drivers is one of the leading causes of towing accidents. Because of that, towing companies will attempt to limit the amount of liability they pay out for the driver at fault for the accident by following exculpatory clauses. It may be difficult for victims to prove that the other driver is at fault for the crash without reconstructing the scene of the accident, speaking to eyewitnesses and gathering pertinent evidence. Because this process can be extremely difficult, the victim will often hire personal injury attorneys who specialize in accident claims.
Determining which parties are at fault in a towing accident can be complicated. This is because there may be additional negligent factors by other parties that also could lead to the accident with injuries or fatalities. Other than the driver being cited for causing the accident, the towing vehicle owner, rental companies, roadway maintenance crews or other motorists along with product manufacturers and vehicle maintenance crews might also be involved. Because of the complexity of a towed vehicle accident, victims will often hire a personal injury attorney to handle the claim for compensation.
Hiring a Lawyer to Represent You in an Illinois Towing Accident
If you have suffered injuries or a loved one has died as the result of a towing accident in Illinois, it is essential to speak with an attorney as quickly as possible. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers will fight aggressively to protect your rights when seeking financial compensation from all parties at fault for your injuries, damages, and losses.
Our law firm has developed proven strategies for leveling the playing field and use effective tactics to ensure you receive the maximum compensation you deserve. Call our attorneys at (888) 424-5757 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a no obligation, free initial consultation to discuss your claim. We accept vehicle accident cases on contingency and are only paid when you receive your out-of-court settlement or jury award at trial.