On Saturday, May 12, 2018, a terrible crash occurred in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. Kentucky State Police say a utility trailer detached from a Chevy Silverado truck and went in to eastbound lanes of Highway 150. Two motorcyclists carrying a total of three people were unable to avoid the oncoming trailer and hit it head on. According to Lex18, two people were killed in this collision, and one of the bikers is currently in critical condition.
We are deeply saddened by this news and our hearts go out to the victims and their families.
Runaway trailer accidents
You don’t hear about runaway trailer accidents very often, but they kill hundreds of people every year. Drivers have a duty of care to others on the road when operating their vehicles and anything they’re towing. In the event their negligent actions lead to an injury, they may be held liable for injuries and/or deaths caused by their actions.
Causes of runaway utility trailers:
- Runaway trailers are most often caused by using the wrong sized hitch ball. For example, if a trailer coupler is 2″ and someone is using a 1 7/8″ ball, the trailer will bounce loose when the driver hits a pothole or goes over a bump.
- Improper use of or lack of safety chains may also cause a terrible crash. These chains are very important to have in place in case the trailer bounces loose from your truck or SUV.
- Faulty or missing hitch pins also lead to runaway trailers.
Small utility trailers in Kentucky face very few regulations. If you own one of these trailers, be sure to follow every safety precaution possible.
Do you need a motorcycle accident lawyer?
It is in your best interest to contact us for a free consultation after any crash resulting in a serious injury or death of a loved one, especially if the crash occurred on a motorcycle. We have extensive experience representing Kentucky’s motorcyclists. Unfortunately, after many motorcycle accidents, insurers will try to shift some or all of the blame to the motorcycle driver and/or passengers. If at all possible, call us before speaking to them.