WFLX recently ran a story about car repair scams in South Florida. After a Boca Raton car wreck, a man in a tow truck shows up at the scene and offers to have the car repaired or towed. The accident victim is given a form to sign. It is his first accident, and he is flustered and unsure of what to do. He assumes the form is part of the normal routine. When he recovers from his injuries and goes to get his car from the repair shop, the accident victim finds that he has unintentionally agreed to pay thousands of dollars for the towing, repairs, and storage. What is happening?
Tow truck drivers listen to police scanners for reports of Boca Raton car accidents. When an accident occurs, they speed to the scene hoping to get there before the police. If a police officer orders a tow, the tow truck company or repair shop must charge a preset fee. If the accident victim signs for the tow, the company can charge whatever they like. Even if a price is quoted, the tow truck driver can backfill the form and add additional charges and administrative fees. So, getting the victim away from the police is the tow truck driver's first priority. Be suspicious if a tow driver asks you to come away from an accident scene to complete paperwork.
Once the vehicle is hitched to his tow truck, the driver may try to convince the victim to use his repair shop or storage yard. This leads to additional overcharging. If the victim doesn't pay, he doesn't get his car back.
Consumer Affairs and The National Insurance Crime Bureau report that claims of inflated towing or storage charges are increasing. For help with an insurance claim, contact Boca Raton car accident attorney David Glatthorn at 866-413-5525.