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Flatbed Truck Accidents

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A flatbed tow truck is a large, powerful vehicle that is designed to haul materials and other vehicles.  When it comes to transporting other vehicles, instead of being hoisted and carried at an angle, the entire vehicle sits flat on the bed of the tow truck.

Just like semis, flatbed trucks pose significant risks for other drivers for several reasons. The bed is open-air, with no roof or sides to it. That allows for materials from transported items to become dislodged and fly off the truck bed.  Flatbed tow trucks also require a significant amount of work to load and secure other items.   As a result, there is a risk for chains to snap or items to become loose.  All these scenarios may lead to damage to cars that are following the flatbed and even pedestrians.  They may also create roadway debris that can lead to accidents.

When it comes to hauling over sized items such as logs or construction equipment, the materials may extend beyond the edge of the truck bed, creating obstructions for other drivers and creating a higher risk of objects toppling off of the vehicle.

Other risks from flatbed tow trucks are;

  • Unsecured loads
  • Uneven loads
  • Poor weather conditions
  • Brake failures
  • Rear-end collisions
  • Overloaded on weight
  • Lane obstructions

If for any reason, you suffer damage to your vehicle, injuries, or other losses caused by a flatbed tow truck, there are several things to do as soon as possible:

  • Call 911 if there are any medical emergencies. Even if you feel okay, a visit to the emergency room may help ensure any unknown injuries are taken into consideration.
  • Don’t leave the scene of the accident. Instead, call the police to properly document what’s occurred.
  • Take pictures of the scene. If safe to do so, take photos of what’s occurred, including any damage, the flatbed tow truck, and the debris involved.
  • Gather contact information for any witnesses. That’s important to do even if you think you’re okay right now. Problems can arise later.
  • Don’t admit fault or apologize. Even if you believe you’re partially to blame, don’t state anything but the facts in what’s occurred.
  • Reach out to an accident attorney. Working with a professional as soon as possible ensures your rights are protected throughout the process.

Large debris striking a moving vehicle at a fast rate and with ample force can cause numerous injuries to other drivers and passengers.

  • Head injuries
  • Lacerations and tissue damage
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken or shattered bones
  • Head trauma leading to neurological damage

Compensation for losses from these types of accidents may include anything you’ve lost financially as a result of the accident. This may include:

  • Emergency room visits
  • Surgical procedure costs
  • Medication costs
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Costs related to lost time at work
  • Pain and suffering

Working with one of our accident attorneys enables you to get help from the start of the claims process. Avoid speaking to insurance adjusters without having an attorney guide you.  We will personally work with you to determine your losses and see that you are fully compensated.  

For over 40 years, we have been protecting the interests of our clients.   Call us for a free consultation and let us get to work for you.