United States Recreational Vehicle Accident Lawyers

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Attorneys for Clients in Injured in Incidents Involving Motor Homes, Fifth-Wheels, and Campers

Recreational vehicles or RVs can be a fun, convenient way of traveling, but they are certainly not without their risks. In fact, federal statistics indicate that about 75,000 people are injured every year in accidents that involve an RV. Unfortunately, due to the size, shape, weight, and other characteristics of recreational vehicles, accidents involving RVs are often even more devastating than "regular" car accidents.

The attorneys who are a part of the Top U.S. Personal Injury Lawyers directory recognize that when you have been hurt in any type of RV accident, you may be facing a wide variety of challenges. You could have serious injuries that have left you unable to work and to provide for your family. You might also have piles of bills that you simply cannot afford to pay. With this in mind, it is a good idea to reach out to a top injury attorney in your area to discuss your options for seeking compensation.

What Are Recreational Vehicles?

Over the last decade or so, recreational vehicle sales have been consistently increasing. Industry experts have linked this increase to the generation known as the Baby Boomers approaching retirement age. As the portion of the population with significant leisure time grows, the RV industry is expected to grow along with it.

While there are many different types of vehicles that are designed for recreational purposes, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), dirt bikes, and snowmobiles, the term "recreational vehicle" is most often used to describe a vehicle or a trailer that includes living quarters—in other words, accommodations for sleeping, eating, and usually basic bathroom facilities. Many different vehicles fall under this definition of RVs, including but not limited to:

  • Class A Motorhomes, which can be up to the size of a bus.
  • Class B Motorhomes, which are known as campervans and are generally smaller than Class A motorhomes.
  • Class C Motorhomes, which combine some of the amenities of Class A and B motorhomes and are usually built on a truck chassis.
  • Travel Trailers, which can range in size from a simple four-foot trailer to a 35-foot luxury camper.
  • Fifth-wheel Trailers, which are often long and luxurious—like a Class A motorhome without the motor.
  • Pop-Up Campers, which are lightweight and easily towed with side sections that fold down for travel.
  • Toy Haulers, which are divided into two sections: a living area and a space for transporting motorcycles, ATVs, or personal watercraft.

The Dangers of RVs

Any vehicle can be dangerous on the road. Recreational vehicles, however, can be especially dangerous. Most RVs—including many of the larger models—do not require a person to obtain a special driver's license. In a few states, a special license is needed for motorhomes that exceed 26,000 pounds, but many other states have no additional licensing requirements for RVs. This means that nearly all recreational vehicles are driven or towed by drivers without specialized training. As a result, many recreational vehicle accidents are caused by driver inexperience and the inability to manage such large vehicles.

RV accidents can also be caused by:

Getting the Compensation You Need

Generally, a motorhome must be insured separately, while a towable camper is usually listed on the driver's auto insurance policy. Unfortunately, not all owners take the necessary steps to ensure that their trailers are covered properly, and some auto policies do not cover towed RVs. This can lead to situations in which an RV is uninsured or underinsured—making it more difficult for you to seek compensation in the event of an injury-causing accident.

It is important to work closely with a qualified attorney in determining how your accident occurred, who was responsible, and which insurance companies may be involved. Your attorney can also help you build a case designed to get you maximum compensation for the injuries you have sustained. In some situations, good-faith negotiations may lead to a favorable outcome, but sometimes, taking your case all the way to trial may be necessary.

Call a Top RV Accident Lawyer Today

For more information about seeking compensation for injuries that you or a loved one sustained in an RV accident, contact a Top U.S. Personal Injury Lawyer near you. Many top lawyers offer free initial consultations, and some charge no legal fees unless you collect damages. Schedule an appointment with a qualified attorney today.

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