Trailer towing safety chains are not optional
Posted on Oct 16, 2009
The Iowa State Patrol reports on this one. I’ve had a similar case and personally tow a trailer so I’m very aware of trailer towing safety.
On October 3rd 2009 Christopher Ludwig was pulling a trailer Eastbound on the Highway 18 when the trailer he was pulling came unhooked crossed the center line and hit the Ford Escape driven by 36 year old Daniel Stites. Mr. Stites died as a result of the injuries suffered in the crash and it is being reported that the trailer did not have safety chains on it. No one in Mr. Ludwigs vehicle was injured and the crash remains under investigation.
Trailer safety starts off before the driver puts the car or truck in gear to drive. Before you even move you check the chains along with the light plug and the hitch itself. It all has to be secure before the driver can go. Did he in this instance check it all before moving the truck? Probably not.