When you are involved in an accident, your primary concern should be your health and safety. Your next priority should involve getting your car off the road, no matter what condition it is in. Here are a few reasons to hire towing services, even if your car isn't totaled.
You Need Medical Attention
Small fender benders can result in injury, and if you need immediate medical care, calling a towing service can help you to focus on your health and well-being. The towing service can tow the vehicle to your home if it isn't in need of major repairs, or the service can tow your vehicle to a mechanic to await repair instructions. Remember that even if you aren't sent to the hospital by ambulance, it's better to have someone else drive you to the hospital, as you may have injuries that are more serious than you think. Call a friend or family member for a ride, and call your towing service to get your car off the road.
Your Car Has Been Damaged
Even if your car isn't totaled, it may not be in drivable condition. You might not even know that your car's safety has been compromised until after you get it to your repair shop. If you are at all unsure about the safety of your vehicle on the road, it's a good idea to have it towed away for an inspection. A car that is unsafe can lead to a secondary accident, so don't take any risks when it comes to your safety on the road and the safety of others.
Your Car Won't Move
If your car is so damaged that it won't move, the police department may help you to move the vehicle to the side of the road. However, depending on the local police department's policies, you may be responsible for removing your car from the scene of the accident. Whether your car is totaled or it just won't start after the crash, a local towing service can help you to meet your responsibility to clear the road. Some towing companies may also offer debris cleanup, such as removing broken headlights from the road as well. You can ask the police officer responding to the accident about what your responsibility is with regards to accident cleanup.
It's a good idea to have the name and number of a trusted towing company stored in your phone. If you are involved in an accident, you will know exactly who to call for help, so you can focus on your medical care and getting all accident-related paperwork taken care of.