Driving a car is one thing. Driving a car with a trailer attached to it is quite another. The most important thing to remember here is that you must allow extra time to pull out of junctions and to manage other situations on the road as well.
Not only will there be extra weight to drive with, ensuring it takes more time to complete a turn, the length of the entire vehicle including the trailer will be much longer.
As such any driver must be aware of this and approach the task of driving differently to how they normally would. We are perhaps used to judging the distance and time it takes us to pull out of a junction in a car. However this same distance and time will not apply once a trailer is attached to the back of the vehicle.
Other road users will not expect someone to pull out in front of them if they are pulling a trailer behind them. There have been instances where such an action has nearly caused an accident. In other cases it has been responsible for causing an accident. Clearly it is very important to make sure you are responsible enough to drive safely with a trailer.
Why might a collision with a trailer occur?
Other road users may not always be aware a trailer is being pulled by a car. If you are driving along a main road and a car is waiting to pull out of a junction, you may not be able to see whether it is towing anything or not.
As such if the car driver pulls out and does not allow room for the trailer to clear the road, it can easily lead to an accident occurring. We must all take care on the roads but when a trailer is concerned it clearly involves even more thought.
Could you be entitled to compensation?
Accidents involving trailers can lead to compensation claims being launched. If you have been in a collision with a trailer and you believe it was someone else’s fault, we can help you work out whether there is evidence of negligence.
Call Accident Advice Helpline today for more information. Our 24/7 enquiry line doesn’t cost a penny to call and you can get the no-obligation advice you need. You could soon be launching a no win, no fee claim if you are in the right position to do so.
Date Published: November 17, 2014
Author: David Brown