Arizona Tow Truck Regulations for Safety Purposes
In the state of Arizona, trucks, including tow trucks, must abide by certain regulations. When they don’t, the results could be tragic. For example, if trucks break down, malfunction, or otherwise don’t work properly, they could put others at risk. According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, new tow truck regulations went into effect as of April 5, 2008. These regulations are still current today and can be found in Arizona Administrative Code Title 13, Chapter 3.
The regulation gives the department the authority to conduct surprise tow truck inspections at the roadside, the company location, and at any time to determine the working condition of the truck. One goal that this new regulation hopes to reach is to make sure towing companies keep their trucks in good working condition. Tow trucks not only must have their engines and tires properly maintained, but also their towing equipment. Dangerous crashes can occur if a tow truck were to lose the car it is towing. The department wants to prevent this catastrophe with the regulation.
Arizona Tow Truck Crash Statistics for 2011
Wreckers and tow trucks were involved in 132 crashes in 2011, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. These crashes included two fatal accidents and 34 injury crashes. There were seven drivers injured in the accidents and one passenger injured, while the two fatal accidents involved drivers and passengers of other vehicles.
Contact Us To Get Help for Arizona Tow Truck Collisions
Accidents involving tow trucks are often serious and can be deadly. That’s because tow trucks weigh several times that of smaller, passenger cars. When they collide, the tow truck usually does more damage. If you are hurt in an accident with a tow truck, you need at team of lawyers with experience in these types of accidents.
Contact the Husband and Wife Law Team at Breyer Law Offices for a free consultation. We work with victims of crashes and work to obtain settlements they can use to pay hospital bills and more. Contact us today for a free meeting.