Seattle, WA asked in Car Accidents for Oregon

Q: Was in a car accident my car got towed and I sighed over the title still charged me 100 and would not let me get my stuf

Is it legal they won't more money

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Virgil Royer
Virgil Royer
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Salem, OR
  • Licensed in Oregon

A: There are a ton of questions that are left unanswered about your situation. However, you probably know that tow trucks do not operate for free, in fact, from from it. Tows from an accident can be expensive. In most cases, the party who is at-fault is going to be ultimately responsible for paying these tow charges. And, tow companies have gotten very skilled at finding payment sources. A lot of people sign up for Triple A ("AAA") because it is relatively inexpensive and just one tow in a year makes it worth it. This said, to the extent that you provided them more in money and property than the tow is worth, you should get some money back. Do you have towing on your insurance? If you agreed to allow them to tow your vehicle, you are probably at least liable to pay whatever the reasonable value of their services is in the community. If you have insurance, and they are going to pay for you, be sure to get a refund for what you paid. You should seek the advice of an experienced attorney on this issue if you feel that you are being taken advantage of and/or you have questions. They should provide you a reasonable opportunity to get your personal belongings from the vehicle and/or put them in a box for you to retrieve.

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