Unhitched Trailer Accidents in Washington State

trailer accident in washingtonEach year there are people tragically killed in highway accidents involving a passenger vehicle a towing a trailer such as a boat trailer, horse trailer, Uhaul moving trailer, or other utility trailer.

These trailer collisions often occur when trailers that are improperly secured break loose and then travel untethered into highway traffic.  This kind of accident is more prevalent during the summer months between Memorial Day and Labor Day during the peak of moving and recreational boating seasons.

Some states are now passing laws that require that any vehicle towing another vehicle or trailer have a trailer hitch or similar device strong enough for the weight of the vehicle or trailer being towed.  Other states are concerned with making sure that vehicles are equipped

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, regulations on passenger vehicles towing trailers vary widely from state to state. Statistics show that from 1975 through 2008, 15,211 people were killed in crashes involving passenger vehicles towing trailer.  The National Association of Trailer Manufacturers’ 750 member companies make about 75% of trailers sold in the USA.

If you have been injured in an accident involving an unhitched trailer contact Seattle attorney Chris Davis for a FREE consultation concerning your legal rights. 

1 Comments
I believe the majority of these accidents would not have happened if the Lock N' Roll Trailer Hitch system was used instead of a ball hitch.
by Greg Russell December 1, 2010 at 06:51 PM
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