In Houston, due to its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, you will find many pickups hauling boats. You will also see landscape companies with mowers, leaf blowers, and other equipment driving all around Houston at all times of year, as well as U-Haul trailers used for moving personal items, and ranchers and others attaching horse trailers.
In Texas as surprising as it may seem, there are no regulations or specialized training required to attach a trailer to your vehicle. All you need is a valid driver’s license. This is problematic because you are leaving it up to drivers to take it upon themselves to read and understand how to attach a trailer properly.
However, the state’s transportation code does have requirements related to hitches and safety chains. If you fail to properly secure your trailer complete with safety chains, you are breaking the law.
It is important for motorists to secure their trailer properly in the event the primary connection fails. Criss-crossed safety chains will prevent a disconnect in this situation and can protect a trailer hitch.
Trailer Sway Accidents
Driving while towing a trailer is difficult and many drivers may be inexperienced in this situation. The weight of the load, added length of vehicle with trailer, type of truck you are driving and the weather conditions can make driving difficult. Routine drive maneuvers such as changing lanes, left turns and checking blind spots are a challenge since the roadways in Houston are full of some of the busiest multi-lane freeways, tollways and highways.
Trailers can easily sway and drivers owe a duty to others on the road to make sure they can control their vehicle and trailer at all times. Swaying into another lane on a busy freeway can cause a serious accident involving numerous others and on a two-lane highway a serious head-on crash.
Injuries Caused by Towing Accidents
Towing accidents are quite dangerous because towing trucks are quite large relative to other road vehicles. The following are some of the injuries that could be sustained in a towing accident:
- Lacerations and burns
- Concussions and contusions
- Back and neck injuries
- Organ injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Herniated discs
- Injury to the torso and ribs
Filing a Compensation Claim for Towing Accidents
If you suffered injury in a tow truck accident, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your harms and losses. With the help of a tow truck injury lawyer, you should be able to identify the responsible parties and get adequate compensation for your injuries.
In most towing accidents caused by the negligence of the tow truck driver, you would be able to file a claim against both the driver and his or her employer.
Apart from the towing company and driver, other parties that could be involved in a lawsuit include road maintenance crews, other motorists, vehicle maintenance personnel, and rental companies. When bringing a claim for a towing accident, you might be tempted to do so without a lawyer. This could be a costly error as it would be difficult to handle the towing company and the insurers on your own. You can level the playing field by getting the services of an experienced Houston personal injury lawyer.
Have Questions About the Personal Injury Claims Process in Texas? Contact a Houston Tow Truck Accident Attorney
If you or a family member suffered a serious injury in an accident involving a tow truck, now is the time to take action by scheduling a time to speak to an experienced Houston tow truck accident injury attorney. A personal injury claim can be filed against both the tow truck operator and the insurance company, enabling you to seek compensation for your injuries. Contact Michael P. Fleming & Associates, P.C. today to speak with an attorney who can evaluate your potential case and explain your legal options.