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so I decide to take a week off. My crew is experienced enough where I can trust them, They know where all my accounts are and how they need to be cut. Sunday afternoon i take a nice drive down to Va. stay at friends for the night and Monday i finally arrive in the outer banks of north Carolina. Tuesday, i'm about 30 miles off shore over a school of dolphin, and the phone rings. My foreman saying something bout an accident, but i had no reception and couldn't hear details. So we get back in shore i get the whole speal and leave at 7 pm for home on my 10 hour drive.so i find out what happened. My truck was at a mechanic's garage getting a new trailer break installed, new plug end, breaks on truck, transfer case oil, and some other maintaince.my guys go to pick up the truck and trailer on Tuesday, he tells them they are all set to roll. I did not leave him with a receiver or ball hitch so he just used his own and told my guys to not worry about the ball, just bring it back later. So my guys get about 5 miles and the trailer detaches completely from the truck and takes out a telephone pole. no chains nothing. all equipment is wrecked, rider went flying into the walk behind, snapped the motor off, broke off the casters bent the deck, handlebars went though the front of the trailer. straight shaft weed whackers became curved shaft weed whackers, back pack blowers in pieces.

So as i get home, i pull up to my truck, walk up to the ball and see a 2in in stead of a 2 5/16 ball. as upset as i am with my guys for not checking that it was on right and not noticing that the chains were on, i know i wouldn't have checked either.i problally would have noticed the trialer bucking like it would have been but i can't blame them for that. And the fact that that the mechanic said your all set to go and bring the ball back later make me feel that he is responsible. I am going to be filing charges against him but i don't think the guy has insurance or i can even get $10,000 out of him he is so broke. I'm estimating the damages at $11,000 - $14,0000 not including lost wedges or the telephone pole.

I will post the pics as soon as i get them developed.
 

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Wow dude I am still stunned since you had told me that, that is insane. If there is anything I can help ya out with let me know. One thing I learned from my boss is always check the trailer twice, you check it and another guy checks it as well, but what can ya do, itd be hard to notice the different ball size. Sorry to hear about the bad luck, lemme know if i can help ya out.

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I am very sorry for what has happened and hope that you will be okay up and running real soon. So next time you 'd better trust nobody otherwise you know what will be. Who said employees are good? It is part of running company headache. Best regards.
 

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I'm not a lawyer, but I don't think you have a case against the mechanic.

The driver is responsible for ensuring the vehicle is safe and in good condition before taking it on the road.

I'm really sorry to hear it, it certainly sucks big time, but I don't see how the mechanic would be responsible regardless what he might have told your guys.

Good luck man!
 

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Insurance claim?
 

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What about your Insurance. let them be the ones filing charges.....

Why no reciever hitch on your truck all of the time....Takes the guess work out of the Ball question

Did the breakway function? Probably not since chains were not hooked.

Time to get a new crew...among other things....

Sorry for bad luck....This is a good reason why traing on circle checks and Pre trip inspections are worth it...
 

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that sounds like a nightmare......

at least it was not a minivan full of kids that the trailer hit.
 

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Be thankful no one was killed. Where was the safety chains, break away? Not the mechanics job to check everything. Your crew should have known what size ball the trailers require and the driver sholuld have been the one to check the connections. No your crew is not trustworthy and not expierienced enough if they can't pull a trailer safely. Sorry i'm being hard on you but someone could have got seriously hurt or killed.
 

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well my premimum is going up like crazy. the telephonepole is covered and the trailer. The mowers are not. And there was no break away hooked up eather.
 

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DLCS said:
Be thankful no one was killed. Where was the safety chains, break away? Not the mechanics job to check everything. Your crew should have known what size ball the trailers require and the driver sholuld have been the one to check the connections. No your crew is not trustworthy and not expierienced enough if they can't pull a trailer safely. Sorry i'm being hard on you but someone could have got seriously hurt or killed.
Yeah, that blows, but you got off lucky if you don't have insurance and it's only gonna cost you some new equipment (at least you can write it off).

MORE IMPORTANTLY, no one died or was injured even. Just last week in Queens or somewhere close to here a trailer broke free from a truck, also took out a telephone pole, but the accident killed a 73 year old woman.

This is one of those stories that makes me happy as a clam to be solo. And insured.
 

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Sorry for your loses. I can only echo what you have read above though.
Just be glad it was only your equipment. You could never survive this if it had injured and/or killed people.
It's hard to see any silver in this lining but that is a significant one.
Good luck and I hope all turns out well.
 

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well my premimum is going up like crazy. the telephonepole is covered and the trailer. The mowers are not. And there was no break away hooked up eather.
Do yourself a favor and get insurance on your new mowers. Everything on my trailers is insured in case of accidents either my fault or someone elses. I can't remmeber what it costs me but it wasn't very much. You can't do without your tools, hope everything works out for you.
 

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Not to highjack the thread but has anyone every seen what happens when the break away is tripped at highway speeds? That has to be a very violent stop. Sorry this thread just got me thinking.
 

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Real nice vacation huh?Sorry to hear about your loss.I can't help but think this could have all been prevented had you done two simple things.#1-remove and store all the equiptment before taking the rig into the shop(I don't trust my mechanic to keep it safe nobody should?
#2-provided a proper ball and hitch for the trailer,knowing your crew were going to pick it up for you.
 
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