What Happens After Your Car Is Towed Following A Car Accident

Flat Bed Tow Truck With A Pickup Truck On ItFollowing a car accident, police may determine that you need to have your car towed.

For example, if the car will not start because of its damages or you need medical attention, police will use their neutral towing rotation for a company to use.

Before relying on their rotation, police will ask you if you have a special preference for a towing company.

If you know someone with a towing company, it can be more beneficial for you to ask for the police to contact that person and/or company so that you can possibly avoid additional charges. 


Following a tow, your car will be parked and locked up at the tow company’s location. Each day, you will be charged a fee for having your car there. Typically, the daily fee will be around $40-$80, depending on the company. This does not include the initial towing fee that will be even more expensive. Once you are ready to reclaim your car, you will need your identification and proof that you own the car.

Additionally, you will need to pay the towing fee in addition to any daily charges for storing your vehicle. If you cannot afford it, you will not be able to retrieve your car, but you should be able to retrieve any personal items within the vehicle, typically without charge, unless police have given other instructions. 


When you go to a tow company to pick your car or personal property up, keep in mind that the owners and employees are simply doing their job. While it may be an inconvenience for you, in the long run, it’s safer to have your vehicle towed in a locked and camera surveillance protected area rather than out by the side of the road.

Usually, if you are kind and respectful to the person working at the tow company, he or she will likewise treat you with the same friendliness. In the event that the tow company does not allow you to remove your personal property in your vehicle or acts unreasonably for you to get your car back, you can then contact the non-emergency police hotline to have things settled out. 

If You Think The Towing Company Acted Negligently 

When you go to retrieve your personal property or car and see that something was stolen, or your car was damaged, you will possibly be able to be compensated. If you can, try to take photos of the inside and outside of your vehicle right before it is towed so that you have photo evidenced proof of the outside and interior of your car. Time stamp the photo and show that this is when it was being towed to help assert your claim that the towing company did not keep your car or property safe.

If you cannot take your personal property with you or if you were unable to take photos, make sure to write a list of what should be in your car and make sure that it is accounted for once you go to retrieve your cars and property. 

Contact Us 

If you are involved in a car accident, you should contact The O’Brien Law Firm. We can inform you on what you should expect within the following period of time and we can help you with anything else related to your accident. Call us today at (716) 907-7777.