Fatal U-Haul Accident Tragic Example of Dangers Associated with U-Haul Trailers

March 18, 2011

A tragic Opeika U-Haul trailer accident has claimed the lives of three people and injured three more. Irene Miller was traveling north on I-85 when she lost control of her vehicle while pulling a U-Haul trailer. Miller’s vehicle crossed over into the adjacent lane and crashed head-on into two other vehicles. While the cause of this accident is not completely clear, it is not that uncommon to have a driver lose control of their vehicle while pulling a trailer.

U-Haul International is the nation's largest provider of rental trailers. People throughout Georgia use U-Haul trailers to move, but never realize the potential risk of a Georgia U-Haul trailer accident. One Internet source reports that there are over 2,700 U-Haul trailer accidents that have been reported in newspapers across the U.S.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a serious Georgia U-Haul accident, the experienced Georgia trailer accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, will represent your best interests, as we have for families throughout Georgia for over 35 years. We constantly strive toward our goal of being the best Atlanta auto accident law firm. We are dedicated to the goal of providing the best quality legal services to those injured in auto accidents throughout Georgia.

Although U-Haul is one of the leading trailer equipment rental companies in the U.S., they like other trailer rental companies may rent defective trailers or trailers that have not been properly inspected. U-Haul has a well-established record for failure to properly inspect and maintain their trailers. U-Haul’s issues with trailer maintenance are so significant that the company elected to eliminate advanced braking systems to avoid conducting regular maintenance inspections. U-Haul also has a record for permitting trailers to go long periods without safety inspections according to an article in the Los Angeles Times which conducted an elaborate review of industry reports and U-Haul documents. One maintenance-related issue associated with U-Haul trailers is brake failure, which is one of the leading causes of U-Haul accidents.

Another common cause of U-Haul accidents is trailer sway, which is particularly dangerous when the towing vehicle does not weigh more than the trailer. People that pull U-Hauls may be unfamiliar with safe towing practices. Many U-Haul customers rent U-Haul trailers that weigh as much as their vehicle. U-Haul does not require that the towing vehicle outweigh the trailer nor do they discuss towing ratio issues with patrons. The weight ratio is even more problematic when the towing vehicle is an SUV that is already prone to rollover accidents because of its narrow wheelbase and high center of gravity. If the SUV towing the U-Haul trailer does not outweigh the trailer, the weight of the trailer increases the risk of an SUV rollover accident if the driver must suddenly veer hard to avoid a collision.

Companies that choose to eliminate safety equipment, like more sophisticated braking systems, rather than deal with the maintenance required puts families in unnecessary danger. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an Atlanta trailer accident or Georgia trailer accident, Montlick and Associates will work hard to obtain the best possible result in your case. Our Georgia U-Haul trailer lawyers know that with so much at stake, you need a law firm committed to delivering exceptional service. We are committed to our goal of being the best Georgia auto accident law firm.

Our experienced Georgia trailer accident lawyers are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Truck Accidents

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