Kingsville police are investigating an incident in which a trailer came unhitched from a pickup truck on Highway 77 and caused a deadly crash. The driver of the truck fled the scene. Police are asking anyone with information to contact law enforcement.
The Fatal Accident
On Wednesday, September, 29, a 46-year-old man was killed when the vehicle he was driving was struck by an unhitched trailer. The deceased was traveling on Highway 77 near Corral Ave. in a black truck when the accident occurred.
According to officials, the trailer had been attached to a grey dually pickup truck. Based on photos of the scene, the trailer appears to be an old, rusted flatbed trailer, and it was empty at the time of the collision.
After the trailer became unhitched, it crossed the median of the highway before striking the victim’s truck. The victim was ejected from the truck after it crashed into a barrier and flipped over.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. According to authorities, the driver of the grey pickup fled the scene following the fatal accident.
Any individuals with information regarding the grey dually truck or its driver have been asked to call the Kingsville Police Department or file a report online.
Practicing Trailer Safety
Even for experienced drivers, towing a trailer is no picnic. Trailers can be difficult to maneuver, can block visibility, and can greatly reduce your vehicle’s braking speed. Because of this, it’s essential that you learn about all of the safety rules and guidelines regarding trailers.
In fact, the safety rules for trailers begin long before you get to the road. First, you will need to make sure that your trailer and its connection to your vehicle are safe and secure. Additionally, you’ll want to do the following:
- Check tire pressure and condition
- Keep oil changes and other maintenance up to date
- Always use a ball hitch that matches the coupler on your trailer
- Always pack a spare tire
- Use safety chains to ensure your trailer stays connected
- Check that your trailer’s lights are in working order
- Pack wheel chocks, or wedges, to stop your trailer from rolling out of park
After you’ve made sure that all the preparations are complete, you can set out on the road. However, we recommend practicing with a trailer in a familiar environment for some time before considering taking longer trips. When you drive with your trailer, keep the following driving tips in mind.
As you can see, the skills it takes to drive while towing aren’t exactly the same that you might use when driving without a trailer. Download our handy guide to make sure that you never forget the best techniques for driving safely with a trailer.
If you’ve been injured in an auto accident in Texas and aren’t sure how to get the relief you need, reach out to the experienced Houston auto accident attorneys of Lapeze & Johns for help.