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Stay abreast of current legal issues impacting the towing and recovery industry through up-to-date blogs written by industry-recognized towing attorneys Michael McGovern and Nicholas Porto.
Clever insurance companies occasionally point to the Carmack Amendment as another avenue to collect from tow companies who have damaged motor vehicles in their possession. For those unfamiliar with these types of claims, the Carmack Amendment is a federal law that may create liability for tow companies transporting motor vehicles across the state lines. Unlike conventional liability claims, if applicable, the Carmack Amendment imposes liability on tow companies if the claimant can show that the goods were originally in an undamaged condition and were later damaged.
There was a truly tragic story this month involving a tow truck driver in Watertown, Massachusetts. 68-year-old Benita Horner was involved in a fatal accident that allegedly resulted in Ms. Horner being struck and pinned beneath a tow truck while crossing an intersection. Moments later, the victim’s 38-year-old son, who witnessed his mother being run over, jumped into the tow truck and allegedly repeatedly stabbed the driver, who sustained critical injuries. The victim’s son, who is reporting as having a history of mental health issues, was arrested and charged with attempted murder, assault and battery, and resisting arrest. Meanwhile, no charges have been announced against the tow truck driver.
At TowLawyer.com we often get calls from subscribers frustrated over the lack of enforcement of laws and regulations that apply to their local towing operations. Nothing is more infuriating that seeing a flagrant violation of a towing ordinance or police department regulation by a competitor that goes unenforced. For example, a local ordinance requires all tow trucks to carry a fire extinguisher and broom but none of your competitor’s trucks have that equipment. Or the police department rotation rules require a 10-foot chain-link fence capped with strands of barbed-wire but your competition only has a rickety 6-foot fence patched up with chicken wire and pieces of tin.