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Damaged Battery From a Tow Truck

If your car has a mechanical problem, or if it is inoperable because of a car accident, you may need to get a tow truck to haul it to its destination. You put a lot of money in your vehicle, and many of us grow attached to our cars.

While usually a tow truck can get it where it needs to go safely, there are situations in which a tow truck can accidentally damage your vehicle. If your car has a damaged battery from a tow truck, you can ask the towing company to cover repair costs. If they don’t, you will need to file a property damage claim.

Gathering Supporting Evidence

When you need to have a vehicle towed, carefully inspect your car for damages. Photograph it before and after towing and be sure to take photos of the car before and after. It is always wise to get a video that shows the accessories work, so you have proof of what was working and what was damaged before the towing company takes possession of your car.

Sometimes you call a tow truck to have a dead battery jumped, and if that isn’t handled properly, you can end up with a battery that is destroyed. You will need to document and have proof that shows the damaged battery was caused by the tow truck.

Batteries can be somewhat expensive to replace depending on your make and model of car. Batteries can range from around $90 to more than $200, according to CostHelper. You will need to determine if filing a property damage claim is worth it, or if you should just pay for the battery yourself if the towing company doesn’t accept responsibility.

Damaged Battery From a Tow Truck

The Demand Letter to the Towing Company

The first step in filing your property damage claim against the towing company is to send them a demand letter. In this letter, you will need to state where, when, and how this damage occurred. Where your car was located, and why you called the tow truck.
Indicate any damages that you documented and if you videoed the car being towed or boosted. Also, note if there are any witnesses.

You will need to include a copy of a receipt or an estimate for fixing the damage. Clearly indicate how much you expect the towing service to reimburse you for your damages. Be willing to negotiate from the value you indicate, so always ask for a little more than you are willing to accept at a minimum.

Consult With a Personal Injury Lawyer

You have a time limit for pursuing a property damage claim, so don’t wait until it is too late to recover compensation for your damages. If you have a damaged battery from a tow truck, you should talk with a personal injury attorney who handles claims in your area.

With the help of a lawyer, you are much more likely to get your matter resolved successfully. Personal injury attorneys only get paid when they win claims, so get your Free Case Evaluation today.

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