For some reason or another, your car was impounded. When you go to pick it up and pay the towing bill and impound storage fees, you find that it is damaged. You want to these damages paid for by the responsible party, but don’t know what to do.
If your car was damaged in the impound lot, can you file for damages? Yes, but you will have to prove that either the towing service or impound lot caused the damage to your vehicle. Impound lots are often owned by government entities, so those claims have different procedures that must be followed. You must file your claim right away and make sure the entire process if followed precisely.
What Should I Do When I Notice Damage?
When you go to pick up your car, notify the impound lot that there is damage that was not previously on your vehicle. Or, if your vehicle has a mechanical issue that did not exist prior to impounding, be sure you tell them. Document the date, time and person you told.
As an example, if your vehicle was towed and will not go in reverse now, but the transmission was fine before, tell a supervisor at the impound lot and tell them you will be filing a claim for damages. Or, if there is a large dent on the hood that was not there before, take a photo of it and notify a supervisor at the lot. Odds are that the impound lot personnel will deny they caused the damage, so you will have to gather documentation and evidence to support your claim.
For the transmission problem, you might have to present witnesses who know your vehicle was operating properly before it was impounded. You might need photos and witnesses to testify there were no dents or damage to your vehicle before it was towed and impounded as well. Evidence and documentation are the keys to a successful claim for your damages.
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Consult With a Personal Injury Lawyer
If your vehicle has been damaged by impounding, a special process must be followed to file a claim against a government agency, such as a city or county owned impound lot. Without the help of an attorney, your odds of a successful claim to recoup damages are very slim. A personal injury attorney works on a contingency basis, which means you will not have to pay the lawyer until you are compensated for your damages through a judgment or settlement.
A strict statute of limitations applies for pursuing such a claim, so time is of the essence. For a local accident injury lawyer to review your case details and determine the best way to proceed, complete the Free Case Evaluation Form on this page. An attorney will talk with you and get all the details, then determine if you have a claim against the towing company or impound lot then help you proceed with that claim to recover damages.