Trailer Accidents May Have Been Preventable

By: Elyse Webb
By: Elyse Webb

There have been three accidents involving trucks pulling trailers since last night, and all of the incidents have one common denominator.

It's something that happens all of the time, a trailer attached to a truck starts to sway.

Nat Robinson says, " when your truck starts waving back and forth, its natural to slam on your brakes, and that's the worst thing you can do that causes the trailer to come around."

Just like with the recent accidents the truck and trailer end up going off the road.

"The trailer started swerving causing it to roll over into the median," explains Colorado State Patrol, Trooper Greasley.

Fortunately no one was hurt in any of these cases, but the accidents probably could have been prevented.

"It's really important in this case is checking your breaks, or make sure they are working, if your trailer has breaks use them there is no reason not to." says Robinson.

Getting your trailer ready for the road only takes a short time if you follow three simple steps, according to Robinson.

"Attach the brake plugs, connect the chains and most importantly hook up the brake lanyard. The brake lanyard will pull out and automatically activate the brakes in the event that all of the other chains disconnect," explains Robinson.

By not using or installing trailer brakes, you can face some hefty fines. It is a state law that if your trailer has brakes and you have to have a brake away system. Still even with proper brakes, there are some other important factors to consider.

"If a trailer weighs more than the truck then it starts to steer the truck instead of the truck steering the trailer," says Trooper Greasley.

To help prevent this from happening, it's recommend to make sure the weight is evenly distributed on the trailer and to use a proper towing vehicle. By following these guidelines you are making the roads much safer for yourself and other drivers.


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