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Many people like to travel across the country either after retirement or for a family vacation. When they choose to do so in the comfort of a large camper, motor home or recreational vehicle (RV), they can quickly become a danger to other drivers. These vehicles, while providing comfort to the user, can lead to serious accidents on the road. If you or a loved one was involved in a motor vehicle accident caused by the driver of an RV, contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation.
At The Law Offices of John Phebus, our Glendale RV accident attorneys have provided legal guidance to clients in a wide range of practice areas. Whether your accident occurred on a highway, city streets or a parking lot, it is wise to seek the counsel of an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. We will thoroughly investigate the accident and your personal injuries to gain a clear understanding of what happened. Our injury attorneys will attempt to recover the maximum monetary compensation you are owed through negotiations with the at-fault party’s insurance carrier.
We all know that campers, RVs and motorhomes are large pieces of machinery and that operating them takes a considerable amount of driving experience and skill. Unfortunately, many drivers get behind the wheel of these large vehicles without the proper skill to drive them safely. This is compounded by the fact that often these vehicles are not simply driven.
Many folks like to tow additional vehicles behind their RV or Motorhome so that they have something else to drive when they get to their destination. This increases the potential for an accident and further increases the likelihood of harm or damages for the victims involved.
Inexperienced Drivers – We’ve all likely seen video of an RV driver failing to give proper clearance to the vehicle and damaging the vehicle and other people in the process. Whether it’s cutting a corner too sharply, forgetting about the height restrictions of the vehicle or just inability to operate the vehicle in tight spaces, this can result in property damage, accidents, and even catastrophic injuries.
In many cases the experience of the driver is coupled with other factors that make an accident extremely likely. Certain sizes of RV or motorhome even require a special license to operate, which many drivers may not even realize.
Overloaded Vehicles – Managing the weight of a vehicle like an RV is important in order to be able to drive it properly. However, many vacationers try to pack as much in and on top of their recreational vehicle as possible which can lead to the vehicle being unbalanced or even overloaded.
An unbalanced vehicle is more difficult to turn and even has the potential to tip over when handling sharp corners or steep inclines. This makes it a hazard not only for the driver, but also any vehicles in the direct vicinity of the RV or motorhome. It is also difficult for an inexperienced driver to maintain control of the vehicle once it is unbalanced, which increases the likelihood of an accident.
Wind – Smaller vehicles don’t typically have to worry about wind except in the most extreme of circumstances. However, an RV or motorhome is incredibly susceptible to high winds to the point that wind gusts can actually make an RV sway violently on the road or even tip over.
When this is combined with an inexperienced driver or an overloaded vehicle it can make for disastrous consequences. It is not uncommon due to the size of the vehicle for an RV to cause an accident with multiple vehicles once it goes out of control.
Blind Spots – Due to the size of the vehicle, there is a large potential for blind spots while driving. This occurs when a driver is unable to see other vehicles near them, such as directly behind or beside them. This makes the potential for a crash especially high when traveling in dense traffic and at high speeds such as on a freeway or interstate. In these cases a driver can easily attempt to merge into another lane and end up colliding with a vehicle they did not see because it was in their blind spot.
While many people purchase an RV and make cross-country trips on a regular basis, there is a significant portion of RV drivers who are driving for the first time with minimal training. These vehicles are large, slow moving and difficult to maneuver. Whether they are attempting to park, negotiate a turn or simply changing lanes on the highway, RV drivers can cause serious car accidents without even realizing it. Additionally, many RV drivers become distracted by scenery, reading maps, using a cellphone or CB radio, or manipulating a GPS unit.
If you have questions regarding recreational vehicle accidents, schedule a free consultation at The Law Offices of John Phebus. Our Glendale car accident attorneys can be reached by calling 623-847-7117 or by completing our online contact form. Our office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Evening and weekend appointments are available based on the needs of our clients.