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accident

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by north in south, May 8, 2004.

  1. north in south

    north in south LawnSite Member
    Posts: 24

    In the countless years of driving a full size pick-up and a 7x12 trailer, I never thought the amount of damage this setup could do in a 10 mph accident. The trailer does not have breaks and a 3500 lbs axle. It had a 48"&36" with blowers,trimmers. Thank God there were no kids in the car I hit. I hit a brand new BMW 325i square in the back. I shot him like a hockey puck. When I slammed my brakes the trailer just kept on pushing . Word of advise, get brakes for your 3500 lbs. trailer. A panic stop, emergency manuver, is not in your arsenal.
     
  2. Blades of Steel

    Blades of Steel LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 599

    That is exactly why I got brakes on my new set up and a heavy enought truck to tow it with. Makes a world of difference..
     
  3. MudslinginFX4

    MudslinginFX4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,170

    Wow, hopefully no one was hurt and you have good insurance.
     
  4. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,547

    we were going about 30 and hit a car. Raining out and the old trailer didnt have brakes. $3000 to the truck, front and rear. It bent the rear when the wieght of the trailer hit. and $16000 to the car, including medical.
     
  5. north in south

    north in south LawnSite Member
    Posts: 24

    I'm loaded with insurance. No injuries, just a race streak in my shorts.
     
  6. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,259

    When I see a stopping problem I like to aim for the side of the road a lawn or small trees or even the other lane if empty anything other then a car. I pay more then I want for insurance as is and no way is that going up if I can help it. As for trailer brakes I have them and love them but after it just starts to rain say for 20 mins and all the oils come up to the top of the road you mize well have ice skates on.
     

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