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Accidents Caused by Trailer Towing Errors

Along with summer’s arrival comes the spike of vehicles on North Carolina’s roads. Many residents of the state, as well as out-of-state visitors, take advantage of the state’s parks, campgrounds, waterways, and other recreational facilities to enjoy their vacation time. Many of these vehicles are pulling all kinds of trailers, including boat trailers, camper trailers, toy trailers, and horse trailers. Unfortunately, many of these drivers are inexperienced at towing trailers and this often leads to serious car crashes.

 

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If you have been injured in a crash caused by a driver towing a trailer, contact one of the North Carolina car accident attorneys from Shapiro & Appleton to find out how we can help. If the driver towing the trailer was negligent, you may be entitled to financial compensation for any losses your injuries have caused you.  

Requirements of Towing Trailers

Trailers that are being towed by a vehicle require special tires made specifically for trailers. These tires have stiffer sidewalls than standard car tires, which help to reduce swaying of the trailers. If a driver has incorrect tires on their trailer, they are putting everyone around them at risk for injury because they are increasing the chances of crashing. The wrong tires could cause a trailer to begin fishtailing and the driver could then lose control, resulting in a serious crash.

It is also critical for a driver to not go faster than 65 mph when towing a trailer. Traveling any faster than that could cause the special tire to blow, resulting in the driver losing control of this vehicle and the trailer and crashing.

There are other safety tips that drivers should follow when towing a trailer. Failure to do so could end up causing a crash. Some of these tips include the following:

  • Make sure the vehicle towing the trailer is strong enough to handle the weight of the trailer (and contents) it is towing. If the trailer is too heavy, there could be issues with braking, causing a rear-end crash.
  • Make sure the load is balanced in the trailer both front-to-back and side-to-side. Failure to so could result in steering issues, tire blowout, or braking problems, all potential causes of accidents.
  • Make sure to watch out for crosswinds in the areas that the trailer is being towed in. If possible, avoid these areas completely. Crosswinds can cause a trailer to fishtail and crash. Remember, it is not just the wind produced by nature that can cause fishtailing, but drafts that are created by passing tractor-trailers can also have the same effect.

North Carolina Drowsing Driving Crashes

If you have been injured in a crash caused by a driver towing a trailer, contact a North Carolina car accident attorney to find out what damages you may be able to pursue in a car accident claim.

The Carolinas personal injury attorneys from Shapiro & Appleton have successfully advocated for many distracted driving accident victims in obtaining the financial compensation they deserved, including medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, and other losses their injuries have caused. Call our office today at 800-752-0042 for a free case evaluation.

 

Randall E. Appleton
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