"Who Would Ever Think that You Could Get Into a Boating Accident While Traveling Down an Interstate Highway?" Asks Defective Trailer Lawyer
During the spring and summer holiday seasons, the last thing you think about when driving down the highways is being struck by a boat on a trailer that has become detached from the vehicle that is towing it.
Believe it or not, 15 states of our great country have no regulation for utility trailers, and each week, a number of people in our country will be catastrophically injured or killed when a trailer detaches from the vehicle towing it, which is generally caused by an amalgam of early preventable errors.
Consumer safety advocate Ron Melancon publishes a website known as www.dangeroustrailers.org and recently published a story noting that a Connecticut man traveling on Route 24 was driving down the highway when he saw a boat heading in a different direction. Unfortunately, a truck pulling a 19 ft. boat had lost its trailer as it became unattached from the truck whereupon the trailer lost control, crossed lanes of travel, and went through the guardrail before it came to a stop 30 feet before striking a tree. Unfortunately, accidents such as this are not as uncommon as one would think.
As I am writing this blog, I just learned of another accident in Vermont when a 1980 International truck driven on the highway lost its trailer after it became unhitched. This caused the trailer to cross into oncoming traffic and strike another vehicle, causing major damage.
For over three decades, the defective trailer accident lawyers of Reiff & Bily have been representing the interests of those catastrophically injured or killed in trailer accidents. Unfortunately, most states, including the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, have very little regulations addressed with regard to trailers that are under 3,000 lbs. Many manufacturers allow the gross weight of the trailer to be just under the threshold so as not to be subject to any regulations. Trailer accidents are caused by mechanical failure, design defect limitations, metallurgical or component failure, hitch failure, and improper training of operator, lack of or improper maintenance procedures, loose cables, loose chains, and defective hitches. If you are going to tow a trailer, I recommend visiting the following websites: www.nhtsa.gov/cars/problems/equipment/towing, and www.trailersafety.com.
For more information on the dangers of improperly constructed, maintained, and unregulated trailers make sure to visit Ron Melancon’s website: www.dangeroustrailers.org.