As the baby boomer population hits the age of retirement, we see many more RVs, or motor homes, on the roadways. Although motor homes can be as long as a single trailer semi-truck and are much more difficult to maneuver than a personal vehicle, state laws do not require special driving permits to operate these massive vehicles. In short, anyone can get behind the wheel of an RV.
RV Accident Statistics
- 70,000 people were injured in RV accidents in 2007, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
- Thousands of fatal accidents involving motor homes occurred in 2004, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation
Types of Recreational Vehicles (RV)
- Folding camping trailer
- Motor home
- Van camper or converted van
- Truck camper
Reasons for RV Accidents
- Inexperienced driver
- Driver fatigue
- Drunk driver
- Runaway trailers
- Unsafe speed for conditions
- Overloading/unbalanced load
- RV driver fails to see car in blind spot
- Not enough stopping room
- Poorly calculated turns
- Unmaintained tires
- Design or manufacturing defects
What to do After an Accident with an RV
Seek medical care immediately after an accident. If you are injured or you have lost a loved one, it may be hard to think of documenting what happened the accident, but this is vital to your case. Take photos of the scene and of your injuries, and write down an account of the events leading up to and following the crash. It’s also important not to speak to any insurance agents until you’ve spoken to your attorney. The goal of insurance companies is to pay as little to victims as possible. As overwhelmed as you may be with your recovery, you may unintentionally waive your legal right to compensation.
Statutes of limitations vary by state but are typically two years from the date of the accident, meaning that claims must be filed before that time runs out. Additionally, important information and evidence can be lost or jeopardized almost immediately after an accident. You need to contact a law firm with the resources to begin researching your case and advocating for you immediately, while you focus on recovering from the accident.
Why Choose Our Accident Attorneys?
Fried Rogers Goldberg LLC is comprised of Truck Accident Attorneys with years of experience handling all types of motor vehicle accidents. We rely on our in-depth knowledge of accident laws as well as our understanding of the tactics insurance companies will utilize to overturn your claim. We have the resources to thoroughly research the accident and hire the necessary medical experts and accident analysts. Place your claim in our hands, and our aggressive attorneys will fight for the maximum compensation on your behalf. Contact us today for a free consultation.