Originally Posted by gg
This is serious ( O well)
I had a best friend killed when the operator failed to hook safty chains and the hitch broke free of the frame. The tow hitch and trailer came across the center line an struck the his Class c motorhome head on in the driver side.
I am sorry for the loss of your friend. In cases like these, there no winners, only losers, as both families are affected.
However, This part of your post above confuses me.
If the hitch broke free from the frame as stated, then safety chains, even if they were the size of the anchor chains on the Queen Mary, wouldn't have changed the outcome. This is because safety chains aren't connected to the frame of the tow vehicle. They connect to the receiver just ahead of the hitch pin.
The receiver is connected to the frame and according to your post was torn off in the accident. However if it was just the head, the part with the hitch ball came off, then the use, or non use of saftey becomes an issue.