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Does Virginia have laws about securely attaching a towed trailer to a car, SUV or truck?

Definitely. Virginia state laws set requirements for trailer hitch design, brake configuration, chain use and many other safety provisions. The statutes cover all types of towed trailers, from those that support cargo containers hauled by big rigs to mini trailers that attach to motorcycles. Failing to properly attach a trailer to a vehicle, or using a trailer that lacks all the required safety equipment, will generally make the driver of a vehicle from which a trailer came loose responsible for causing any resulting crash that inflicts property damage, personal injuries or deaths.


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