U-Haul Trailer Rollover Accident Attorney
Every year, thousands of people rent and use U-Haul and other trailer rental services to transport goods, move across town or the country, send their child off to college, and hundreds of other uses. Most of the time, drivers renting these trailers have little experience towing in their vehicles. Many drivers do not know the proper way to secure loads, balance the loads so there is not too much weight in the back or front, and drive with a loaded trailer.
The results of a U-Haul trailer accident can be disastrous. When a trailer begins to sway at highway speeds, it can cause the car to lose control and crash or rollover. U-Haul trailer rollovers occur too often unfortunately. As the swaying trailer becomes more violent, the trailer will begin to turn sideways, pulling the vehicle towing it until it flips and a rollover accident occurs. In fact, shortly after the Ford Explorer – Firestone Tire debacle in 2004, U-Haul outlawed trailer rentals to owners of popular Ford Explorer citing too many rollover accidents and resulting lawsuits. Every year, roughly 400 people are killed in trailer accidents.
Trailer Caused Rollover Accident
Trailer sway is known to have caused thousands of rollover crashes, especially those involving SUV’s and trucks that are already inherently more unstable than lower center of gravity vehicles. Another cause of U-Haul trailer rollovers is due to U-Hauls negligence. This involves the brakes failing, defective tires, worn out tires, renting the wrong size trailer for vehicle, and other issues that can lead to a rented trailer causing an accident or rollover. Having brakes with reduced braking ability can directly result in the ability of a truck and trailer combination to safely slow down.
When U-Haul rents a trailer equipped with brakes, it is the company’s responsibility to ensure the trailer brakes are maintained and in proper working condition for the consumer. Once the person towing the UHaul has it loaded up and cruising down the highway, it is too late for them to find out the trailer’s brakes are defective or not working. When you pick up your trailer rental, it is U-Haul’s responsibility to make sure the brakes are working when the trailer is hooked up to your vehicle. This means checking brake cylinders, wiring systems if the brakes are electrical, and replacing worn out brake pads and parts. It is impossible for U-Haul to expect an average consumer to know how to check to make sure a trailers brakes are working after they leave the lot.
U-Haul Tire Blow Out Rollover
Another cause of rented trailer accidents and U-Haul rollover accidents is when a bad trailer tire blows out at highway speeds and causes the vehicle to go out of control. This dangerous situation can cause the trailer to suddenly drag the towing vehicle into a sideways spin and rollover. The damages and results can be catastrophic leading to the SUV or truck’s roof crushing on occupants, crashing into another vehicle, barrier or a guard rail, or falling and rolling down a steep embankment.
Defective and worn out tires are dangerous on any vehicle, after all, they are what connect your vehicle or trailer to the road and maintain traction. When U-Haul and other trailer rental companies fail to inspect tire pressure, replace worn-out tires, and perform preventative maintenance, they may be at fault if you have suffered a devastating accident while towing one of these trailers.
U-Haul Trailer Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one suffered a serious wreck or crash involving a U-Haul or rented trailer that had a defective tire blow out, you may be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit against U-Haul, the tire manufacturer, or other responsible parties. These serious accidents can result in rollovers that cause roof crush and roof collapse. Trailer brake failures can result in driver’s inability to slow down and result in devastating crashes at no fault of the driver. To hold these companies accountable, contact the Rollover Lawyers at the Willis Law Firm for a free and private case consultation to see if a lawsuit against U-Haul or other manufacturers is right for you and your family. Fill out the form on this page or call us today at 1 800 883 9858