How Do Tow Truck Drivers Die?

Tow truck drivers are among the most hard-working and dedicated people in the industry, but they are also exposed to enormous risks on a daily basis. Unfortunately, many of these risks can lead to catastrophic injuries or death.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reports that tow truck drivers face an elevated risk of fatal occupational injuries, with a fatality rate that is more than four times higher than the average for all occupations.

The most common cause of death for tow truck drivers is motor vehicle accidents. Tow truck drivers must be on the road constantly, often driving at night and in bad weather conditions.

They must also negotiate traffic while maneuvering their heavy vehicles. This puts them at high risk of colliding with other vehicles or running off the road in hazardous conditions.

Other hazards include exposure to hazardous materials, such as fuel and antifreeze. Hazards from working on or near moving equipment can also lead to serious injuries or death for tow truck drivers. Additionally, some tow trucks have mechanical malfunctions that can result in catastrophic accidents.

The risk of injury or death from occupational hazards can be greatly reduced by following safety protocols and wearing proper protective gear such as helmets, gloves and boots. Tow truck companies should have stringent safety measures in place to ensure their employees are properly trained and equipped to handle dangerous situations.


Tow truck drivers face an elevated risk of fatal occupational injuries due to their work environment which exposes them to hazardous materials and dangerous situations on a daily basis. Motor vehicle accidents are the most common cause of death for tow truck drivers, but exposure to hazardous materials and mechanical malfunctions can also lead to deadly incidents. Proper safety protocols, training, and protective gear can help reduce the risk of injury or death for tow truck drivers.

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Karen Watkins