More than half of vehicles towing a trailer are violating safety standards, increasing the risk for an accident.
In addition to the tractor-trailers that regularly travel on the roadways, there are hundreds of renter moving trucks and moving trailers, car trailers, boat trailers, campers, flatbed trailers, and animal trailers. Each one of these increases the risk of a motor vehicle accident. Over the past two and a half decades, nearly half a million people have been injured in towing-related crashes. During the same time period, more than 700,000 tow vehicles, boats, and campers have been totaled as a result of a crash. (Read here on how to safely tow a trailer.)
Towing a Trailer Increases Risk of an Accident
Vehicles towing trailers are at a higher risk of a crash for various reasons:
- inexperienced driver towing the vehicle
- non-functional or faulty lights on the trailer
- improper use of the hitch and other connecting devices
- risk that the trailer will disconnect from the towing vehicle
- additional braking time needed to stop both the towing vehicle and trailer
- risk of tire blowout on the trailer, leaving debris on the road
- reduced maneuverability of the towing vehicle
- additional space needed to make turns
- limited visibility on the rear side
Use Extra Caution
Towing-related auto accidents can cause serious injuries to vehicle occupants and cause substantial property damage. Use extra caution when driving near or passing another vehicle that is towing a trailer of any kind. According to police agencies, more than half of cars towing a trailer are violating vehicle safety standards in some way.
Personal Injury Resulting From a Towing-Related Crash
Towing-related accidents are more complicated than other car accidents. Multiple parties may be at fault, including the owner and driver of the vehicle or the towed trailer, the rental company involved, and possibly a product manufacturer. Both federal and state laws may come into play. If the accident involved a commercial vehicle, seek help from a St. Louis automobile crash lawyer to find out whether or not the vehicle complied with federal regulations. Call The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. at (314) 361-4242 for a free case evaluation.