There’s an economic reality to hiring an attorney to collect a tow bill. No matter what you might have heard, here’s the truth: if you hire a lawyer, absent some exception, you have to pay your attorney’s fees. You can’t make the losing side in a lawsuit pay your attorney’s bill. It’s your responsibility.
On August 27, 2017, tow truck operators from locations near and far will convene at a local Kansas City park to remember Blake Gresham and “light up the night” for awareness about the importance of Move Over Laws. On August 27, 2012, Blake Gresham was just 18 years old when he was struck and killed while towing a vehicle from a Kansas City highway. This year will be fourth time tow companies have gathered on the anniversary of his death. However, this year will be the first time the event will feature the Spirit Ride.
The very nature of law enforcement towing presents a situation where the law enforcement agency is “hiring” a tow company for a consumer who can’t make the decision themselves because the consumer is incapacitated, incarcerated, injured or maybe even deceased. Simply put, the consumer is vulnerable and, whether they know it or not, is relying on the law enforcement agency to select the best company possible.
At TowLawyer, the most common legal issues we see are collections issues. Tower’s getting stiffed on tow bills are a real problem from coast to coast. With the costs of equipment, employees, insurance, etc. rising every day, collecting on every tow bill that is “collectable” is absolutely vital. Here are a few tips.
I don’t need to tell you that the tow industry is unique. A lot of the work performed is done away from the tow lot and at odd hours, often in the middle of the night. For this reason, tow truck drivers taking their trucks home at night is common place for convenience reasons. If a wreck occurs in the middle of the night, often times the driver is better able to respond from his house than from the lot. But, believe it or not, the practice of taking the truck home at night does create some legal issues.