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  • Deadly Consequences of Parking Tow Trucks on Streets

Deadly Consequences of Parking Tow Trucks on Streets

September 7th, 2021|0 Comments

In 2014, All Star Enterprises and Collision Center, Inc. (All Star) parked a rollback tow truck on a city street in Salem, Massachusetts. The truck was parked in violation of a city ordinance prohibiting the overnight parking of large commercial vehicles (over 4 tons) on certain residential streets. That evening, Dillon Renard was a passenger in a vehicle being driven by an intoxicated person. Renard was killed instantly when the vehicle collided with the rear of the illegally-parked tow truck. 

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  • Tow Truck Driver

Weekend Call: Engaged to Wait or Waiting to Be Engaged?

August 4th, 2021|0 Comments

Tows are always needed, day and night.  This fact, combined with the fact that there are large gaps of time when tow operators are having to wait for their next call, makes it easier for tow operators to wait for these calls at their home as opposed to the roadway or the shop.  But beware: the practice of taking the truck home creates some legal issues which must be addressed.

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  • Personal Items Auction Car

Disposal of Unclaimed Personal Items in am Auction Vehicle

July 12th, 2021|0 Comments

Towing companies engaged in law enforcement towing, private property impoundment, or any other type of towing that results in the impoundment of vehicles, should be familiar with the towing lien laws in their respective states.  A lien law allows a towing company to maintain possession of an impounded vehicle until the towing and storage fees are paid. The lien law also sets forth the procedure for disposing of an unclaimed vehicle.  Typically, if a vehicle is not claimed, the towing company can sell the vehicle at auction to recoup those fees (or at least part of them). But what do you do with the personal items in an unclaimed vehicle that is going to auction or the crusher?  

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