Beware of “bandit” tow trucks that arrive unsolicited to the scene of the accident. It is unlawful for tow truck drivers to solicit business unless they are called or flagged down. These tow truck drivers may falsely tell you that they were alerted by your insurance company and that the towing charges will be covered by your or the other driver’s insurance. They will ask you to sign paperwork that gives them control over your vehicle, and they will then tow your car to a body shop where it may be held for ransom while you are charged expensive towing and daily storage fees. You should speak with a lawyer before signing any documents related to your case, including documents provided by a tow company. When it doubt, you should initiate the call to roadside assistance or a tow company, and make sure that the driver that arrives was dispatched from the same company you called. Also, make sure to get a written estimate of towing and storage fees before your car is taken away.
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