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What Happens in Florida When Your Car Is Towed After an Accident?

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Imagine this: You’ve just been involved in a Florida car accident, and are now facing a tangle of medical care, insurance forms, and vehicle repairs. But lurking beneath the surface lies an additional adversary: exorbitant tow yard fees. Tow yards can rack up daily storage fees that can quickly turn a stressful situation into a financial nightmare.

Remember: Your first priority after a car accident should be seeking medical treatment and making sure you are getting the care you need. Once your immediate medical needs are taken care of, it’s important to find another place for your car other than the tow yard.

How to Get Your Vehicle out of a Tow Yard in Florida

If your car has been towed from the scene of an accident, contact your car insurance company and file a claim immediately. When you do this, one of two things will happen: either an insurance agent, called an adjuster, will go to the tow yard to check the damage to your car and arrange for it to be taken to a repair shop, or your car will be towed to the closest location of your insurance company.

However, make sure you speak with an attorney before signing off on any Release forms or other documentation; you do not want to accidentally release your rights to pursue a personal injury claim.

Normally, your property damage coverage should pay for the damages to your car, and your insurance company may later ask the at-fault driver’s insurance for repayment. If, for some reason, filing a claim with your car insurance isn’t possible right away, consider having your car towed to your home or a trusted friend or family member’s place to avoid high storage costs.

Another option is to handle things at the accident scene if you can. If you are able to speak with the tow truck driver at the scene, you can request a specific location for your car to be towed to. It could be a repair shop, your insurance company’s parking lot, or another safe place. Keep in mind that you’ll have to pay the towing fee in this case, but it might save you money in the long run because you won’t have to pay a daily storage fee if your car is taken to a tow yard.

Tow Truck Fees in Florida

The tow yard fees vary depending on the company, but it is usually a specific rate per day that your car is in their storage lot. With all the commotion that follows a car accident in South Florida, it’s often easy for the tow yard rates to add up, and to lose track of how many days your car has been at the tow lot.

Personal Injury Cheat Code: Document everything! After an accident, capture evidence to build your case. Photograph vehicle damage, skid marks, weather conditions, and scene details. If safe, include injuries. Grab witness info and request the police report. These records are your allies if disputes arise later.

FAQ’s on “What Happens When Your Car is Towed After an Accident”

Q : Where will my vehicle be towed?

Your vehicle will typically be towed to the tow truck company’s storage lot. If you’re capable of communicating with the tow truck driver at the accident scene, you can request the tow to a specific location. Keep in mind that you will be responsible for the towing fee in such cases, but this upfront cost could save you money in the long run by avoiding daily storage fees, especially if your car is taken to a tow yard.

 Q : Does car insurance cover towing and storage fees?

Coverage varies depending on your policy. Property Damage coverage typically covers car damage and sometimes the towing and storage fees, but this may vary. Consulting your insurance agent is crucial.

 Q : Can I choose any tow service after an accident, or am I restricted to the towing company suggested by my insurance?

Your ability to select a tow service may depend on your insurance policy. Some insurers may recommend preferred towing providers, while others may allow you the flexibility to choose your preferred towing company. It’s advisable to check your policy or contact your insurance agent for clarification.

How Vastola Legal Can Help

Navigating the aftermath of a car accident involves more than just medical care and insurance paperwork; it extends to the critical decisions regarding towing and storage. By understanding your options, documenting key information, and consulting with an attorney, you can better manage the situation and ensure that your rights are protected.

At Vastola Legal, we stand ready to assist you through the complexities of personal injury cases, offering a free case review to help you move forward confidently. If your car has been towed after an accident, call us at 833-827-8652 for a free case review. Your peace of mind is our priority.

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