Our attorneys represent the victims of motor vehicle accidents involving recreational vehicles, called RVs. Those clients may have been injured while RV passengers, in other vehicles in collisions with RVs, on motorcycles or bicycles struck by RVs or hit by RVs as pedestrians. We also represent the survivors of people who were killed in such accidents in wrongful death suits.
RVs come in a variety of forms like motor homes, towed trailers, truck campers and others.
Driving responsibilities enhanced
In a broad sense, anyone who drives negligently, recklessly or illegally is liable to those hurt as a result. However, when the vehicle is so much larger than a normal car, safe driving rises to a higher level of skill. For example, passing other vehicles will take more time and space, slowing and stopping will take longer because of the extra weight, certain overhead obstructions will be too low for the vehicle to clear, and lines of visibility and use of mirrors will differ from those in regular automobiles.
RV drivers are still expected to use reasonable skill in all operations. Geico provides helpful information about safe RV maintenance and driving practices.
Seek legal counsel
Anyone hurt in an RV crash should seek legal advice as soon as possible so the attorney can begin a thorough investigation. In addition to the logistics of the collision, other issues will need to be considered like:
- Was the RV overloaded?
- Was the RV properly maintained?
- Were any previous repairs properly performed?
- Was the RV or its equipment subject to recall?
- Was any component of the vehicle defective?
- Was the vehicle owned or rented?
- Were tires adequate for the size and weight of the vehicle; were they worn; and were they appropriately filled?
- Were there unsecured items within the RV that struck people inside?
- Was driving adjusted for dangerous weather or dark conditions?
Legal counsel will also communicate with and conduct negotiations with all the involved insurance companies.
Injuries potentially catastrophic
Of course, injuries when such a heavy vehicle is involved can be tragic like bone fractures, amputations, head and brain injuries, crushing injuries, spinal cord injuries and even death. These injuries must be carefully and expertly assessed so that appropriate damages can be requested. For example, a victim may require long-term care or therapy. Pain, suffering and emotional trauma must also be thoroughly considered.