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Texas woman dies after trailer mishap

Many travelers find that a trailer comes in handy, whether for hauling items or camping. Bumper-pull trailers attach to a hitch on the bumper of a vehicle, but drivers must make sure the connection is tight to avoid having the trailer come loose and cause an accident. While some trailer owners purchase a breakaway kit, which stops the trailer from rolling if it detaches, one Texas driver failed to include this safety feature, and the result was tragedy.

A 20-year-old woman had left work only 5 minutes earlier and had driven less than a mile when the accident occurred. A pickup truck traveling in the opposite lane was pulling a trailer when the trailer somehow became unhitched. The 2,000-pound trailer drifted into the woman's lane and collided with her vehicle on the driver's side. First responders say she died instantly.

While the driver of the truck has not yet been charged, the accident is still under investigation. Manufacturers of bumper-pull trailers say the tragedy would likely have been prevented if the truck driver had used the breakaway attachment and proper brakes. Perhaps something as simple as double checking a trailer attachment can bring an improperly connected trailer to the attention of a driver.

The friends of the victim hope to collect donations to send her back to her family in Mexico to be buried. In addition to this expense, her family is likely facing other costs associated with the accident, and, of course, nothing can compensate for the loss of someone so dearly loved. Nevertheless, families in similar situations often find it helpful to seek potential restitution through the civil courts with the help of a Texas personal injury attorney.

Source: kxii.com, "Woman killed in Pottsboro accident", Abbie Maynard, Sept. 29, 2017

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