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Old 01-06-12, 11:02 AM   #1
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Flipped my trailer

This was scary.

I routinely pull a child or two in an older Burley trailer. A couple nights ago, I went to the grocery for milk, with my 4-year-old in the trailer.

I turned into the parking lot, off the street, and CRASH...When I looked back, the trailer was lying on it's side with the 4-year-old half in and half lying on the pavement.

After comforting him, looking to make sure he's not much hurt, cleaning him up (thank you, helpful people at the Lombardy St. Kroger), etc, I'm still trying to figure out what happened--I've run errands with this trailer dozens of times and it's very stable.

So we're in the store, and he tells me (this is 10-15 minutes later), "Papa, the light on the trailer isn't working--I was trying to turn it on and it wouldn't come on." At which point I realize what happened; he had turned around, kneeled on the trailer seat, and was leaning against the side--the side that was on the outside of the turn and bump--and reaching over the seatback to mess with the light.

So reinforced trailer rule; you must stay seated. And a good reinforcement of the "wear helmets in the trailer" rule--he had a couple scrapes and a split lip, but no real injuries.
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Old 01-06-12, 11:04 AM   #2
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Wow! I'm glad the damage was minor for the kiddo, and am hopeful this might help reinforce the need for bicycle safety for life!
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If he usually listens to directions well, I would not worry about it but if he is as stubburn as I was at that age, time to start using the harness in it again for a while.

Glad all is well with your son, I hope I never have this happens with my trailer, would scare the hell out of me.
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That's terrifying! I'm glad you were easily able to figure out what went wrong.
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That's pretty scary. At least you were going at bike speed though. Our old car was hit by a semi truck on a highway doing 110kph. The kids weren't enthusiastic about getting back in a car for awhile.
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