You do not expect the tow truck operators to get into accidents. You expect them to tow disabled vehicles from the scene of accidents.
This reported case was truly sad, and something that no one could have seen coming. It started when a tow operator was called to assist a break down on the side of the highway. He went to load the car onto his flatbed and was hit by another tow truck and thrown up into the air, landing in a crumpled and broken heap next to his truck.
As a result of hitting the first tow operator while he was loading the disabled car, the second tow truck driver lost control of his rig, side swiped the first tow truck, careened forward, flipping onto its roof, and slid across four lanes of traffic before coming to a halt. Both drivers were declared dead at the scene. The driver of the disabled car saw the second tow operator bearing down on them, and dived for the embankment.
The police report does not indicate what might have caused the second tow driver to clip the one on the side of the highway. There will be an investigation into whether or not he was driving under the influence, driving while distracted, was texting or talking on a cell phone, or suffered a mechanical issue of some type. If losing control and hitting the first tow driver was the result of negligence, the family of the first driver might want to speak to a qualified personal injury lawyer about filing a wrongful death lawsuit.
If the accident was the result of a mechanical failure, the family of the second truck driver might want to find out what their rights are and whether or not they could file a defective product/product liability, wrongful death lawsuit.
Every case is different. Every piece of evidence tells a story. In instances like this, it is vital to gather as much information as possible to fairly and aggressively protect the plaintiff’s rights. A victim with no voice needs an Austin personal injury lawyer to help the family left behind find justice for their death.
Robert W. Lee is an Austin personal injury lawyer for The Lee Law Firm. If you need an Austin personal injury lawyer, contact an Austin personal injury attorney from The Lee Law Firm. Visit RWLeelaw.com.