Prospect Heights, IL asked in Car Accidents for Illinois

Q: is it legal for police officer not to ask me to call towing and he calls his preferred tow and we end up with 15000$ bil

there was accident invoving my driver of truck and trailer , police never asked us to call towing. he calls "preferred towing", towing never asks us where to tow. tow us to there location and now they have 15000$. truck and trailer were towed separatelly and they do not wanna release my trailer which is not damaged at all untill 15000$ is paid.

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Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Chicago, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: ABSOLUTELY! The police have a duty to clear the highway after an accident. To that end, in any given jurisdiction, tow operators must apply with the police agency or district and must be able to respond 24/7 (in good weather) within 20 minutes and meet other criteria, as provided by State Vehicle Code (ILCS Ch. 625). The tow provider is NOT chosen by the officer. It is YOUR responsibility to instruct the tow operator where to take the truck and it is YOUR responsibility to purchase towing insurance or pay the bill. You probably mean $1,500, NOT $15,000. The minimum fee to tow a semi is $1,200 which you know if you are in the business.

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