Sometimes, however, tow trucks themselves cause accidents. This is supremely ironic since these are the very vehicles you should call if an accident occurs. Tow trucks drivers can make mistakes, though, just like any other driver.
Let’s talk about a few of the more common ways that tow truck accidents can happen.
There was a study not long ago called the Large Truck Crash Causation Study. Tow trucks were in that study since the individuals in charge of it considered them to be large trucks. The study determined that driver error caused 87% of large truck crashes.
Another way to say this is that tow truck drivers are much more likely to cause an accident than a mechanical failure of some kind will. A driving mistake that a tow truck driver makes is much more likely to cause a wreck than something like a tire blowout or sudden engine failure.
You can lump all kinds of activities in with driver errors, such as failing to signal a lane change or making an unsafe turn. Tow truck drivers need to be very careful when they drive, since tow trucks are much heavier and larger than the average vehicle. A tow truck hitting another car can severely injure or kill the other driver or a passenger.
Alcohol consumption and driving don’t mix, and that’s certainly the case with tow truck drivers. Think about how large and heavy a tow truck is. Then, imagine the danger if a tow truck operator drank a few beers and then decided to drive around.
Some tow truck drivers might leave parties to go out on a call after they’ve had much more than the legal limit. Some tow truck drivers that are alcoholics or problem drinkers might even have an open bottle or a flask in the vehicle with them.
You would hope that the police will spot a tow truck driver who is over the legal limit, as such an individual might drive erratically. There’s no denying, though, this is one of the potential major tow truck accident causes.
Not Enough Sleep
Everyone needs to get their sleep, with most doctors saying 7-8 hours nightly is the right amount. If you have a job like flipping burgers at Wendy’s, though, you’re probably not going to cause a major disaster if you didn’t get enough sleep because you stayed up late playing video games the night before.
Tow truck drivers need their sleep even more than most people because, again, they’re driving large, heavy vehicles that might cause a lot of damage in an eyeblink. You would hope that a tow truck driver would know not to go out on a call if they didn’t sleep at all the night before.
At the very least, a tow truck driver should have an energy drink, a caffeinated soda, or a cup of strong coffee before heading in for their shift if they have not slept enough. Ideally, no tow truck driver will make this sort of behavior a habit, though.
Road rage incidents are little less than an epidemic in this country. There are some people who always drive angry. It’s easy to spot them: they’re the ones who blast their horn at the slightest provocation or shake their fist and curse at you out the window if they imagine you cut them off.
Tow truck drivers can be just as guilty of this behavior as anyone else, but they’re more dangerous than most because of the vehicle’s size and weight. If a tow truck driver goes out on a call and they’re already angry because of an argument with a loved one or some other reason, that’s a disaster waiting to happen.
Tow truck drivers, like everyone else who drives, need to calm down before they get behind the wheel. They might see a therapist for some anger management techniques, like counting to ten if something angers them while they’re driving. Others might try yoga or meditation.