Unfortunately in Kansas, trailer accidents occur too often. A fatal accident occured recently on a Meade County road roughly 12 miles north of Plains. There, two liberal citizens were killed when the minivan in which they were passengers was hit by a trailer that came loose from the pickup truck to which was connected.
According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, the two who died in this afternoon trailer accident were 71-year-old Salvador Garcia and 68-year-old Consuelo Garcia. They were passengers in a 1998 Chevrolet minivan that was hit when the trailer accident occured. The driver of the minivan, J. Santos Garcia, was hospitalized following the trailer accident.
As mentioned in The Wichita Eagle, this was the second time in a three-month period that a trailer came completely loose from the pickup truck it was attached to, resulting in a fatality. In August, this happened in Great Bend to a couple from Hutchinson.
In the most recent Kansas trailer accident, a 2012 Ford F250 was northbound on Meade County Road 4. The trailer the truck was towing came loose from the pickup. It then hit the van being driven by Garcia.
The truck was being driven by Brian Stump, 44, of Hugoton. The Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.
In August, the couple who were killed were riding a motorcycle when another trailer broke loose from a pickup. In that trailer accident, Shawn and Danielle Schellenberger were killed. A memorial fund was established for their children. One of those children was a passenger on another motorcyle driven by their grandfather, who had to purposely crash his bikie to avoid the type of crash that killed his son and daughter-in-law. Although the grandfather had to be treated for injuries he sustained in the trailer accident, the child was not injured, according to The Witchita Eagle.
Have You Been Injured as a Result of a Trailer Accident?
A trailer accident caused by a loose trailer is often tragic. Sometimes the tragedy could have been avoided, and the trailer accident is a result of negligence on the part of the driver of the truck or the owner of the trailer. If you or your loved ones have been injured or killed as a result of a trailer accident, Attorney Group for Kansas can help. Our affiliated attorneys are trained in analyzing a trailer accident wrongful death or personal injury claim. Contact Attorney Group for Kansas to find out if you can receive a monetary compensation as a result of a trailer accident.