It’s difficult to control all aspects of our life. One example of such an event – which is often entirely out of our hands – is a car accident. We can’t predict when or where it will happen and we can’t always avoid them entirely. We can’t control how other motorists behave on the road. What we can, and should control, are the events which take place after such an event.
How we behave and the choices we make at this moment is absolutely pivotal. We’ve gone over a few of the basics – the steps you should take, what you should and shouldn’t say or do, etc. One of the many other aspects to keep in mind is, how to approach towing in the event of your car ending up totalled.
Few South Africans are aware of their towing rights – and in this article we’re going to bring some of those rights to your attention.
We’ve all heard stories about people who have had their vehicles towed away from the scene of an accident without their consent. The vehicles are then taken and stored somewhere, often at an excessive daily rate, and the owners find themselves under even more financial strain than they should be.
Not only that, but if you’re insured against loss or damage to your vehicle, many insurance companies will refuse to honour your claim if your car has been towed away by a random company. Insurers will only utilize the services of known and trusted towing companies, which the insurer will recommend and arrange in the event of an accident.
The AA (Automobile Association) has frequently cautioned motorists against using unknown towing companies and urged drivers to be aware of their rights.
The AA has also stated that tow trucks do provide an essential service to motorists who find themselves stranded, and it’s important to note that not all tow truck operators are blatant criminals. There are many companies that are accredited service providers, and these operators adhere to firm rules and ethics.
Here are a couple of tips, from the AA, to help you out in the event of an accident or crash.