At one time or another, you will need to have your vehicle towed. It could be because of mechanical problems or because of an accident, but it will not be running, and you will need to get it to a repair shop or to your home.
Tow trucks come in handy. Your vehicle is either hooked up and pulled to its destination, or it is loaded onto the back of the rollback and taken where it needs to go. When you entrust your car to these people, you think it is caring, competent hands and they will look out for it, but sometimes damage occurs. If your car suffered a damaged radio from a tow truck, you can file a property damage claim to recoup compensation for your damages.
Gathering Supporting Evidence
There are a few things that every vehicle owner should do when you are needing to have your vehicle towed. It is your responsibility to carefully inspect your vehicle for any damages both before and after towing. Be sure to document any issues you uncover and taking photos of your vehicle’s interior and exterior before and after the towing process can also be very helpful should you need to file a claim against the towing company.
Always check your car for damages before towing – both interior and interior damage. It might be challenging to prove that your car radio was working before it was towed, but you could do a video as well as photos that show the electronics were functioning and that everything was working as it should before the car was towed. It is also suggested to record the car being hooked up to the tow truck or loaded onto the tow truck and unhooked or unloaded.
The Demand Letter to the Towing Company
If your car’s radio was damaged by a tow truck, you should notify the tow truck driver as soon as you realize there is damage. Sometimes they may acknowledge they damaged the vehicle, but often, they will not. You will need to send the towing company a demand letter, which will let them know you hold them liable and are filing a claim against them for the damages your vehicle suffered.
You should include supporting documentation, such as photos, and indicate if you have a video. Also, include copies of witness statements and copies of any receipts or estimates for repairing or replacing your car radio. Let them know what happened and how the tow truck damaged the radio in your vehicle. Set a deadline for a response.
Consult With a Personal Injury Lawyer
If your car suffered a damaged radio from a tow truck, you should consult with a personal injury lawyer in your state who will handle property damage claims. These claims are challenging, and with the help of an attorney, your odds of a successful claim increase greatly. Your property damage attorney will not be paid until you win your case, so get your Free Case Evaluation today.