At approximately 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday, July 27th, I was traveling southbound on a Philadelphia highway at approximately 50 mph when all of a sudden, a pickup truck marked prominently with the name of a landscaper and pulling equipment in a trailer went out of control, spun around, and crossed the lanes of traffic. Thankfully no one was injured in this accident and the trailer was slightly damaged, but as the driver pulled over, I noticed that the trailer did not appear to be properly attached and there were no safety chains. Furthermore, I did not notice operating brake lights working on the trailer. The trailer contained landscaping equipment that was not secured. Luckily it did not flip over. Believe it or not, the driver of the trailer pulled, resettled the trailer, and proceeded down the expressway at a high rate of speed, and in this detached and unhitched trailer attorney’s opinion, this situation represents an accident waiting to happen.
Unfortunately many such trailers may be homemade and are purposely made to be under the weight of 3,000 lbs. meaning they are not subject to regulation. Many state laws, including those in Pennsylvania, are silent as to the design and construction specification of such vehicles including towing safety chains or hitches. While this accident that I witnessed representing a situation of luck in terms of timing calls to attention the unregulated and un-policed state of the trailer industry and the trucks pulling trailers. Unfortunately there is no uniform system for reporting injuries or accidents and henceforth are many unreported dangers that will kill or catastrophically injure other innocent and unknowing victims.
The defective trailer accident and unsecured cargo lawyers of Reiff & Bily have decades of experience investigating and litigating unsecured trailer accidents and those accidents involving unsecured cargo that falls on a roadway. We have recently joined forces with the experienced defective trailer accident lawyers of the Beasley Firm to create the Beasley Reiff Law Group and employee a most experienced group of investigators and experts to determine how trailer and unsecured cargo accidents occur and who is liable. Since 1955, our skilled lawyers have together been awarded over two billion dollars on behalf of injured victims and their families. Our skilled unhitched trailer and unsecured cargo accident attorneys have been recognized as possessing the highest possible ratings in both legal ability and ethical standards and have been noted to be among the top attorneys in Pennsylvania and the nation. We always offer a free, no obligation and confidential consultation. Please contact us toll free at 1-800-421-9595 or online at www.reiffandbily.com.