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Don't Ride in Your Car While It's Being Towed

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Just when you thought you'd seen it all. Along comes something new.

In the case of Tabor v. Bridge the occupants of a vehicle being towed sued the driver and owner of  the tow truck on the basis that they'd suffered injuries as a result of "negligent towing" ( my term).

Here's the story.

The members of the Tabor family were riding in their Ford Explorer. Which was being towed at the time.

The tow truck driver who was towing their SUV allowed them to do so despite the fact that that there's a legal prohibition against riding in a vehicle which is being towed ( Section 7.07(6) of the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations).

While enroute the tow truck's dolly system broke. This caused the Tabor's Ford Explorer to sway back and forth. And they claimed to suffered injury as a result.

At trial Mr. Justice Cohen found the Tabors to have contributed towards their injuries ( the legal term is contributory negligence) by a margin of 25%. And as a result he reduced their award for compensation by this percentage.

So, what's the moral of the story ? Don't ride in a vehicle that's being towed.

And if you have any questions regarding the type of injury claim discussed in the post ( or any other type of ICBC injury claim for that matter) feel free to give me a call at 604-255-9018.

Jeff Witten


Category: Truck Accidents

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