When you are involved in a car accident case, one if the main goals is to minimize your additional expenses. One of the expenses that can be avoided is a tow yard fee if your car was totaled from the accident scene and taken to one.
The tow yard fees vary depending on the company, but it is usually a specific rate per day that your car is in their lot. It is often easy for the rates to add up and to lose track of how long your car is there because of all the other commotion that occurs following an accident. We have seen clients accidentally forget about their cars being at the tow yard because of all the other things they are worrying about, and then they are stuck having to pay back the tow yard from a portion of their settlement money. Of course seeking medical treatment and making sure your injuries are being cared for is the first priority after an accident, but once you have that managed, it is important to find another place for your car other than the tow yard.
Your first option is to file a claim with your insurance company. When you do so, they will either send an agent to the tow yard to access the damages and then your car can be towed to a repair shop, or they will have your car towed immediately to their nearest location. Your collision coverage should cover the damages or your insurance company will reach out to the at-fault insurance for repayment. However, if you choose to file a property damage suit, it does not have anything to do with your personal injury case. If going through your insurance is not an option right away, try having your car towed to your home or that of a trusted relative or friend in the mean time.
If you are capable of communicating with the tow truck driver on the accident scene, you can ask them to tow your car to a specific location; either a repair shop, insurance company, or another safe and reliable place. You would only be responsible for the towing fee in that situation. However, if it is taken to the tow yard then they will start charging a daily storage fee!
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