If your vehicle has broken down, or if you have been in an auto accident, you may require the services of a tow truck. When you have a car towed, you expect it to be in good hands. You want the towing company to take care of your car, so it doesn’t suffer any additional damage.
If your car has suffered a broken taillight from a tow truck, you can recoup compensation. This is done by having the towing company cover the costs of your taillight replacement by pursuing a claim for property damages.
Gathering Supporting Evidence
Before your car is towed, be sure to carefully check it for damages. Any damage should be documented and, also photographed. It is wise to record your vehicle being put on the tow truck, as that might help you catch any accidents on video, which would definitely prove your claim.
When your car reaches its destination, you will need to inspect it again for damages. If you are there in time and it is possible, you should videotape your car being unloaded when it reaches its destination. If you find a broken taillight upon arrival that wasn’t there when the tow truck picked up the car, you will need to notify the driver of the tow truck.
You will need to ask any witnesses to the accident to prepare a written statement that details what happened and what damages your car suffered. If the tow truck driver admits that he or she broke the taillight on your car during the towing process, you will most likely get your claim resolved quickly.
The Demand Letter to the Towing Company
When you send the demand letter to the towing company, you will need to detail the situation. Make note of the time, date, and location of the towing, what happened and how your taillight was broken, and why you believe the towing company is responsible for your damages. Be sure to include any supporting evidence.
Include photos of the damages, written repair estimates, and statements from any witnesses. Clearly indicate how much you expect to be compensated for the broken taillight that your car suffered because of the accident on the tow truck. Remember, this is a separate claim from the initial personal injury claim you would file for the damages suffered in a car crash if there was one initially.
Consult With a Personal Injury Lawyer
Personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means you will not have to pay anything upfront when you retain a lawyer. There is a strict statute of limitations for pursuing a personal injury claim, so if you wait too long you will be unable to recover compensation for your damages.
You should the Free Case Evaluation above, so you will be able to get your property damage claim underway in a timely manner. There is a strict statute of limitations that will apply to when you can file a claim.