What Causes Trailer Sway Collisions in West Virginia?

Each year in West Virginia, there are multiple highway collisions involving pull-behind recreational trailers that have flipped over due to high winds and “trailer sway.” Trailer sway occurs when big tractor-trailers pass tow trailers on the interstate, causing the trailer to oscillate or sway back and forth. Unfortunately, in some cases, trailer sway has caused serious accidents resulting in injuries and fatalities. It is ironic that operators of those tractor-trailers must be specially trained, tested, and licensed in order to operate on the highway, but the law allows any person with no experience at all, to pull a 30-foot trailer alongside these large tractor-trailers.

Trailer Sway – Number One Cause of RV Accidents

As far back as the 1960’s, studies showed that persons towing trailers were four times more likely to crash than the average motorist. What is surprising about this data is that there are no federal testing requirements for trailer sway devices, so just about any invention can be touted as an anti-sway device. How did this practice come about? It is fairly clear that the lobbyists have influenced lawmakers to allow this practice.

The fact that it is legal to pull a large trailer down the road doesn’t mean that it is safe. What makes trailer sway even more likely is the fact that many sales dealerships don’t always safely match the tow rating of the tow vehicle with the trailer to be towed. Even when the salesman shows you the “book” that gives the tow rating for your vehicle, that doesn’t mean that your vehicle can safely pull the trailer involved. The fact of the matter is, your vehicle has never been tested together with the trailer you are going to purchase. So, you learn as you go and hope that you can get the hang of it without any problems.

Hazardous WV Roads and Highways

West Virginia interstate roads are not level, and they often bank the wrong way around curves. Most owners of recreational tow vehicles don’t have the training to react to trailer sway at interstate speeds. Neither manufacturers of trailers nor the retail stores selling the trailers provide any training on how to pull trailers under “trailer sway” conditions. So, the first time you encounter trailer sway could cause a serious concern.

West Virginia Accident Lawyers – Protecting Your Rights

If you or a family member has been involved in a trailer sway collision, you will need an experienced lawyer to pursue your legal rights. Remember, the manufacturer and sales company will have their legal team argue that you caused your collision by oversteering or improper braking. You will need your own skilled West Virginia auto accident lawyer to look out for your rights, too.

Robinette Legal Group, PLLC – Trailer and RV Accident Attorneys

If you or your loved one has been injured due to an RV or Trailer collision, it is important to act quickly to protect your claim. Mr. Robinette has handled hundreds of cases involving serious injury and wrongful death and can provide the insight you need right now. Call Jeff Robinette today for a free evaluation of your case at 304-594-1800.


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