Accidents In 2005
NOTE: This year 503 lives were lost, 26,353 were injured and 47,368 vehicles, trailers and other items were either destroyed or damaged.

This data vastly underestimate the true magnitude of this public safety issue. 
Not all accidents are reported and the Uniform Traffic Accident Report does not have a section for Utility Trailers.

Note:  I have researched and have found over 7,000 accidents involving Utility Trailers as reported by newspapers In this Year.  I will feature 100 as finances allow to purchase the articles and will provide summary's for as many as possible.
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       3.  Bastrop Daily Enterprise (LA) - May 31, 2005

Trailer causes weekend fatality   
     Morehouse Parish registered one fatality over the Memorial Day weekend when a Monroe man was killed after the vehicle he was driving was struck by a trailer which had come loose from a vehicle heading in the opposite direction. According to Louisiana State Police, around 8 a.m. Saturday, a 1998 Dodge Ram pick-up truck driven by Joshua Pruett, 29, of Sulphur, was traveling south when a trailer attached to his truck came loose from the truck and traveled into the northbound lane. It the...

New York Post (NY) - July 12, 2005

     Four generations of a Queens family were grieving yesterday after a beloved great-grandmother was crushed to death by a flatbed trailer that broke loose from the truck towing it and entered her lane on a busy Jamaica street.Claire Sheeler, 74, was killed instantly as the 30-foot rig became loose, shot over the yellow line and smashed into her car as she headed east on Hillside Avenue near 189th Street at 7:30 a.m., cops said.The roof of her silver Chevy sedan was torn off, and the car.

North Carolina Lawyers Weekly (NC) - January 24, 2005

Verdicts & Settlements -January 24, 2005: Negligence/auto   
     Type of Action: Truck's trailer came loose, struck oncoming car Injuries Alleged: Brain and elbow injury to 63-year-old man; serious orthopedic injuries to his 57-year-old wife Name of Case: Rothrock v. Smith-Carolina Corporation et al Court/County: Mecklenburg County Superior Court Case No.: 03 CvS 8353 Tried Before: Mediation Name of Judge: n/a Special Damages: n/a Verdict/Settlement: Settlement Amount: $3.5 million Date obtained: September...

North Port Sun (FL) - February 9, 2005

Tire comes off axle, causes three-car accident   
     A trailer tire that came loose from the axle caused a three-car accident Monday morning in North Port. According to a North Port Police Department report, Javier N. Martinez, 33, of Port Charlotte, was driving a 1996 GMC pickup towing a homemade trailer used in a lawn mowing business, on westbound Price Boulevard.Johnny Dean Reigel, 41, of Arcadia, was driving a 2005 heavy truck behind Martinez. Gerald Soos, 62, of North Port, was driving a 2004 Kia on eastbound Price...

Waycross Journal Herald (GA) - November 17, 2005

Crash Injures Three   
     Three people were injured Wednesday when a trailer came loose from a pickup truck and collided with an oncoming car, said Patti Strickland, communications officer for the Georgia State Patrol.Jeff Corbitt, 58, Margaret Corbitt, 57, and Dallas Music, 11, were taken by ambulance to Satilla Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries sustained in the 6:12 p.m. accident, said Strickland.Strickland said John Suggs, 33, of Waycross, was northbound on U.S. 1 with a cargo trailer in...

Newsday (Melville, NY) - July 12, 2005

Trailer kills woman   
     A 74-year-old grandmother of 18 was killed yesterday morning when a trailer came loose from a dump truck on Hillside Avenue in Queens and collided with her car.The victim, Claire Sheeler, 74, of Queens Village, was traveling east on Hillside Avenue in Jamaica at 7:41 a.m. when the flatbed trailer of a large dump truck heading west on the same road became dislodged, swung across the road, and collided with Sheeler's car near the intersection of 189th Street, police said.Her...

Arizona Republic, The (Phoenix, AZ) - October 20, 2005

     Three recent crashes in the Gilbert-Queen Creek area have again highlighted the danger that driving unsafe trailers and commercial vehicles can pose to motorists, and even to people sleeping inside houses.The crashes, which occurred within a two-week period last month, killed a 19-year-old woman, closed Germann Road for hours and badly damaged a house with a man inside narrowly escaping.In Gilbert, 8-year-old Henry Enrique Bega of Queen Creek died in March after an improperly attached...

Hunterdon County Democrat (Flemington, NJ) - April 28, 2005

High Bridge Leaf Trailer Breaks Loose, Hits House   
     HIGH BRIDGE - A runaway leaf trailer owned by the borough smashed into the front of Laura and Steve Massa's Highland Avenue home, causing an estimated $20,000 in damage and leading to the town to upgrade safety equipment. The Massas are waiting for reimbursement. Ms. Massa was told by the borough's insurance company that the borough is not liable. She must file a claim through her homeowner's insurance, and the borough will then cover her deductible,...

Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA) - November 11, 2005

     A reckless-driving charge has been filed against the driver of a pickup truck that Chesterfield County police said was pulling a utility trailer that broke loose and caused a fatal crash Oct. 2.Police said Benjamin J. Frazer, 25, of the 3400 block of Oakmeadow Lane in Chesterfield, was driving a 2003 Ford pickup truck in the 13100 block of Hull Street Road when the trailer came loose and struck a vehicle driven by Elaine Lois Decker, 51, leading to an accident that killed the Midlothian...

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Morning Call, The (Allentown, PA) - June 30, 2005

     HAMILTON TOWNSHIP Traffic was halted for nearly seven hours Tuesday night into Wednesday in Monroe County when a truck carrying flammable liquid lost its trailer.According to state police at Swiftwater, the trailer came loose as the truck headed north on Route 33 in Hamilton Township. Police shut down both lanes of the highway while a haz-mat crew transferred the liquid into another tanker.According to the Monroe County Communications Center, the highway was closed from around...

             13.    Arizona Republic, The (Phoenix, AZ) - June 10, 2005

     Police plan to recommend charges of aggravated assault be filed against the owner of a trailer involved in a traffic accident that killed a young boy.Two weeks after Mesa police found safety violations with the brake system of a large trailer, it broke loose from a commercial truck and hit a car in Gilbert, killing Henry Enrique Bega, 8, of Queen Creek on March 31, according to police reports.After investigating the accident, Gilbert police determined the brakes of the trailer, owned...

             14.   Arizona Republic, The (Phoenix, AZ) - September 22, 2005

     One moment he was asleep on the floor on a sleeping bag, and the next moment a large trailer carrying a front-end loader burst through the wall and nearly crushed him.The 44-year-old man was in the master bedroom of the Gilbert residence where he was house-sitting shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday when he was awakened by the trailer.Officers reported that the tongue of the trailer "went over him while he was sleeping on the floor," said Gilbert police spokesman...

Arizona Republic, The (Phoenix, AZ) - April 2, 2005

     An 8-year-old Queen Creek boy died Thursday night in Gilbert when a large trailer broke loose from a truck and struck the car his mother was driving, police said.Emergency responders performed CPR on Henry Reyes but could not save him from internal injuries suffered during the collision.His 34-year-old mother, Sandra Reyes, and her two other children inside the vehicle did not sustain life-threatening injuries.It was the first traffic fatality in Gilbert since Aug. 26 when a...

New Haven Register (CT) - December 9, 2005

Runaway trailer hits car head-on; mom, kid hurt   
     A driver for a North Haven trucking company named one of Connecticut's most unsafe motor carriers allegedly caused an accident on Waite Street Thursday that injured a mother and her child. Valerie Chieppo, 48, and Timothy Chieppo, 7, both of Ansonia, were seriously injured when their vehicle was struck head-on by a towed trailer detached from a Winter Ridge company truck at about 8:30 a.m., police said.Both mother and son were treated at the scene, then admitted to Yale-New...

Abilene Reporter-News (TX) - August 5, 2005

Loose trailer kills man, 76   
     A Breckenridge man was killed Thursday when a trailer became unhooked from a pickup truck and slammed into his car, Department of Public Safety Trooper Richard Atkinson said.James Brown, 76, had just turned west into his private drive off of FM 2231 in Stephens County when the trailer came loose and struck his car in the rear passenger door.Brown suffered a head injury and was pronounced dead at the scene.His wife, Rebecca Brown, 76, was a passenger in the vehicle and was...

San Francisco Chronicle (CA) - August 19, 2005

NAPA Socialite likely using seat belt, CHP says   
     A well known San Francisco society maven and philanthropist who was killed when a trailer broke loose from a truck bed and slammed head-on into her car was, in all likelihood, wearing a seat belt when she was ejected from the vehicle, according to the California Highway Patrol. Erika Hills, 61, whose husband is from the family that started Hills Brothers coffee, was killed instantly in the crash, which occurred at 11:24 a. m. Wednesday on the Silverado Trail, a half-mile north of...

          19.   Chico Enterprise-Record (Chico, CA) - April 21, 2005

Police seek man who left boat in road   
     An unidentified driver who lost perhaps intentionally the boat and trailer he was towing on Cohasset Road Wednesday morning is being sought by police for leaving the scene of an accident.Witnesses said the man was driving south on Cohasset near Lupin Avenue in a white Ford F-150 pickup when the trailer came loose and the boat went hurtling into the intersection.Minor damage was done to a traffic signal standard when the boat struck it.The wreckage blocked the intersection and...

Saginaw News (MI) - March 11, 2005

Trailer comes loose on Zilwaukee Bridge   
     A tractor-trailer truck lost its trailer this morning as it crossed the Zilwaukee Bridge.The vehicle's hauling compartment blocked two lanes of traffic on northbound Interstate 75 around 8:30 a.m., emergency officials said.Police on the scene reported no one was injured. The truck driver was able to quickly reattach the trailer, officers said....

          21.  Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - November 8, 2005

Boat trailer breaks free; collision kills woman,  Coupler slams into pickup truck heading south on U.S. 11 bridge   
     CORRECTION APPENDED A Marrero woman was critically injured in a freak crash involving a runaway boat trailer Sunday night on the U.S. 11 bridge over Lake Pontchartrain, police said.Debra Schaefer, 36, a passenger in a pickup truck driven by her husband, was hit in the head by the coupler of a trailer that broke loose from an oncoming pickup, State Police said.Schaefer was taken to Slidell Memorial Hospital, where information on her condition was unavailable Monday afternoon....

           22.    Deseret News, The (Salt Lake City, UT) - March 27, 2005

Loose trailer hits minivan   
     A single-axle trailer that became detached from a truck slammed head-on into a minivan carrying a family Saturday.A West Jordan woman riding in the van received severe head and neck injuries, said West Jordan Police Capt. Gary Cox.The crash happened at 8300 South and U-111 at 4:30 p.m. The van was southbound, and the truck pulling the trailer filled with compost was headed north, Cox said.The trailer became detached despite being secured with safety chains, he said.The...

       23.   Pensacola News Journal (FL) - September 29, 2005

Man struck and killed after trailer breaks loose   
     Kris Thoma Medical examiners on Wednesday completed an autopsy on a Pensacola Beach man who died after an unusual traffic incident in Pensacola, but results of the examination were not made available.Robert B. McKenzie, 59, of Pensacola Beach was struck about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday by a runaway trailer carrying a Hobie Cat sailboat on Pace Boulevard just south of Government Street, Pensacola police said. He was pronounced dead at Baptist Hospital about 9:30...

           24.  Sun, The (Lowell, MA) - June 28, 2005

Tow-truck driver pleads guilty in fatal accident on Connector   
     LOWELL -- A Lowell tow-truck driver will spend six months in jail after pleading guilty to a freak accident on the Lowell connector a year ago in which a trailer disconnected from his tow truck, became airborne and killed another motorist.Patrick Sheehy, 28, of Lowell, pleaded guilty in Lowell District Court yesterday to one misdemeanor count of negligent motor-vehicle homicide in connection with the death June 6, 2004, of Jeanine Rodgers, 24, of Hamilton, according to Melissa Sherman,...

           25.   Kentucky Post, The (Covington, KY) - May 28, 2005

     The busy Memorial Day holiday travel weekend got off to a rocky start on Interstate 75/71 Friday afternoon when one person was killed in a six-vehicle accident that backed up traffic for more than five hours.The crash occurred at about 1:26 p.m. south of the Mount Zion Road interchange. Florence police said the man killed was riding a motorcycle and laid it down in an effort to avoid chain reaction collisions started when a trailer filled with yard debris came loose from a pickup truck...




Articles Of Interest and Supporting Information

         1.  Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA) - November 14, 2005

     Q.I disagree with your comments about reflectors on small trailers. A woman clumsily burns herself on coffee and sues McDonald's, causing a law requiring all coffee cups to have warning labels that coffee may be hot. Chesterfield County resident Ron Melancon rear-ends a trailer and a state law is enacted requiring additional reflectors on trailers. What happened to personal responsibility?-R. Dave A.So you're saying I can mount something that is very hard to see...

Tampa Tribune, The (FL) - May 18, 2005

Theft Of Trailer Hits Too Close To Home,  BY FRANK SARGEANT When I first pulled into the lot, I thought I had forgotten where I parked my boat trailer. It had been several months since I had used it. My boat lives on davits out back, so my trailer goes to work only a few times a year when I chase tarpon down south or macks up north. But after I looked around the fenced storage area a second time, it became all too clear that my nearly new Magic-Tilt aluminum trailer was gone. Like so many other boat owners...

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