Driver killed in Suquamish motor vehicle accident when unsecured trailer hits SUV

Florentino “Sonny” Tabafunda, 64, of Bainbridge Island was killed in a Suquamish car accident when a fishing boat on a trailer being towed from a truck became unhitched and hit his SUV near Suquamish reports The Kitsap Sun. Suquamish is 6.5 miles east of Poulsbo and approximately 24 miles north-east of Bremerton.

According to the report, Tabafunda was on Suquamish Way between Whale Dancer Court and Totten Road when a trailer carrying a fishing boat became unsecured and the trailer crossed the center line and hit Tabafunda’s Jeep Cherokee SUV. Tabafunda was killed at the car accident scene.

Washington state has an unsecured load law which is also known as “Maria’s Law,” RCW 46.61.655 — DROPPING LOAD, OTHER MATERIALS. It provides that a driver can be convicted of criminal negligence if he or she fails to secure a load causing unfastened items to drop, sift or leak from the vehicle. The statute provides that failure to secure a load is a second degree misdemeanor. The fine can vary from between $216-$5,000 and possible jail time.

Tips for drivers pulling trailers

  • Make sure the ball mount on your truck is rated to the trailer that you are pulling.
  • Make sure the trailer is correctly on the ball.
  • Trigger the locking mechanism to lock the trailer on the hitch.
  • Secure the locking mechanism with the corner pin.
  • Hook the safety chains insuring they cross each other.
  • Hook up the emergency stop.

Failure to follow these procedures could result in an accident.

This information is provided by The Farber Law Group, a Washington law firm experienced and knowledgeable in handling auto accident cases. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages to you or your family member caused by a lost lad.

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