Summer can be a carefree time of driving to the shore or other fun destinations in pleasant weather, but there are hazards on the highway of which every driver must be aware. One of the most overlooked potential dangers may be the trailers you see on highways each summer – not just tractor trailers, but trailers for campers, boats, and horses as well.
If you remain alert to vehicles towing trailers, you can be prepared if the unexpected happens. Additionally, if you have a trailer, there are precautions you can take to reduce the risk of a motor vehicle accident, including:
Staying up-to-date on maintenance, especially brakes and lights
Always checking the tires on your vehicle and trailer to be sure they are inflated and in good condition
Getting used to longer breaking distances and slower acceleration
Distributing weight evenly in the vehicle and trailer
Being sure the towing capacity of the vehicle is sufficient for the trailer
Making sure the emergency breakaway cable is attached before departingThere are many things that can go wrong while towing a trailer, but being mindful of safety can dramatically reduce the risks. If you experienced an injury in an encounter with a negligent driver, please call the New Jersey truck accident lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP at 732-777-0100, or contact us online for a free consultation. Our offices are centrally located in Red Bank, Toms River, and Edison, New Jersey, and we serve clients throughout the state.