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Helpful Tips for Towing Your Car After an Accident

by Andrea Muñoz

If you are involved in a car accident, you might need to have your vehicle towed. Your vehicle might be seriously damaged and might not be drivable at all, or you might be worried that you will cause further damage to it or that you will be unsafe if you drive it as-is. If you have never had to have a car towed after an accident before, these are a few things you'll want to know about doing so.

Take Pictures First

It's a good idea to have as much evidence as possible after you're involved in a car accident, and taking pictures of your vehicle is a good way to secure some of this evidence. After all, you may need to turn this evidence in to law enforcement, your insurance agency, or your lawyer. Plus, even though you shouldn't have to worry about your vehicle being damaged while being towed if you hire the right company, it's still a good idea to have pictures of what your vehicle looked like before it was loaded on the tow truck. Take the time to snap a few pictures of each side of your vehicle before having it towed and save them, just in case you need them.

Find a Good Towing Company

Even though your vehicle might not be in good shape right now because of the accident, you don't want any further damage done to it during the towing process. Additionally, you'll want to have your vehicle towed promptly so that it will not sit on the side of the road for too long. If your accident happened on a weekend or late at night, you might need to look for an emergency towing service so that your vehicle will not have to sit on the side of the road for any longer than necessary. Regardless of when your accident happened, you should choose a reputable towing company. If you have a special vehicle, such as if it's an overly large vehicle or a vehicle that is low to the ground, you'll need to find a towing company that is properly equipped to tow a vehicle like yours.

Find Out If It's Covered By Insurance

Don't just pay for your tow after your accident without checking into whether or not it's covered by your insurance. After all, many insurance companies cover this type of thing, and you don't want to pay out of pocket if you don't have to. If you have already paid for your tow, then you can also contact your insurance company to find out about being reimbursed for the cost.