The Mental and Financial Strain of Operating a Tow TruckOctober 25, 2018
When there is a serious accident on a busy highway or a local road, first responders like police, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians rush to the scene to help the victims and provide immediate medical attention to the injured motorists. To help clear away the damaged vehicles, tow truck operators are also called to the scene of an accident.
While they are not always considered as part of the accident response chain, they provide a very important service, one that exposes them to many of the same stresses as police and EMTs. Unfortunately, they do not always receive the Workers’ Compensation benefits they deserve.
According to the owner of All Directions Transport towing company, it is not unusual for tow truck operators to go unpaid after clearing a wrecked vehicle from the scene of an accident. In fact, he said that roughly 25 percent of the bills for vehicles he has removed from an accident scene go unpaid. Clearly, this can take a serious financial toll on both his business and his personal finances.
From an insurance standpoint, if the owner of the vehicle does not have comprehensive coverage, the insurance company will not pay for the towing. As a result, many people simply leave their vehicle at the tow shop, particularly if they think the car is too old or damaged to make it worthwhile to retrieve the vehicle and make necessary repairs.
Physical and Emotional Stresses
If an accident is particularly severe, and involves serious injuries or fatalities, witnessing a tragedy firsthand can be devastating. One tow truck operator said that he tries to keep his attention on attaching the cables and straps to the vehicle, rather than looking at the victims inside the car.
Unlike police officers, firefighters, and EMTs, tow truck operators do not have access to the same mental and emotional support systems that can help them deal with the stresses that come with the job. In extreme cases, tow truck operators can suffer from PTSD if they witnessed an accident that was particularly gruesome and tragic.
In addition to the emotional stressors, tow truck operators also deal with a range of physical stressors. When a vehicle is overturned or ends up off the road or in a ditch, hooking a large, cumbersome vehicle to the tow truck can be physically demanding. This can take a toll on the body, causing injuries to the back, neck, shoulders, and knees.
If the tow truck operator must retrieve a vehicle that is in a wooded area, or a grassy field, he or she may be exposed to things like poison ivy, ticks that carry Lyme’s disease, and other insect related diseases. A skilled Workers’ Compensation lawyer can ensure that tow truck operators receive the compensation they deserve.
Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Injured Tow Truck Operators
If you are a tow truck operator, and you have been injured on the job, do not hesitate to contact the Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. We are fully committed to seeking the financial compensation you deserve for the injuries you sustained while on the job. Our dedicated team will protect your legal rights and ensure that you receive the full benefits that you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 844-556-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.