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September 14, 2021

COMMON RV ACCIDENT CAUSES

Since COVID-19 began in 2020, many individuals are seeking alternative forms of entertainment and travel. A popular way to travel and a spend time with the family was with a recreational vehicle (RV).

COVID-19 also brought new work-from-home policies from many businesses which allowed individuals to consider working remotely from an RV.  RV rentals and purchases saw a huge increase with rentals services noting their bookings increases to to 50 percent.

RV accidents are not uncommon because recreational vehicles are prone to issues such as extended breaking distance, lack of maneuverability and blind spots. RV’s do not have to go through rollover and crash tests. And, even the ones that do receive crash tests are performed on the frames that the RVs are built, but RVs.

Safety in crashes depends on factors such as the type of collision, RV class and where passengers are located. In a minor fender bender, the large Class A motor homes may be the safest when passengers are seated. However, for all-around safety, Class B camper vans are the best choice.

Most RVs are not designed to take significant impact from either the side, front or rear. Add-ons like tables, TVs, tables and other items that are loosely-anchored can hit passengers and cause harm during an accident. If passengers are standing or walking during that can also cause serious injury.

Most recreational manufacturers belong to the RV Industry Association (RVIA) who performs inspections of production facilities to ensure they are meeting all requirements and are up-to-code.

The most common causes of RV accidents include:

  • Speeding
  • Inexperienced drivers
  • Overtired drivers
  • High winds
  • Overloading with too much weight
  • Runaway trailers
  • Rollover due to RV’s having a higher center of gravity
  • Miscalculated turns
  • Poor stopping distances (RV’s require longer stopping distances)
  • Poorly balanced loads
  • Failing to see another vehicles due to a blind spot

If you or a loved one has be injured in an RV accident, please contact the experienced accident legal team at Hardee, Massey & Blodgett, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Greenville after you’ve received medical attention. Our attorneys are available 24/7, and there are no costs or attorney fees until we receive a monetary recovery for you. Contact our office today, 252-378-2525.

July 23, 2021

RV ACCIDENTS: KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

The lure of open roads and freedom calls many people into RV’ing for both short and extended road trips. And since COVID-19, the “lure” has become greater with retired seniors wanting to get out and explore, parents with kids looking for affordable ways to vacation, and others who simply want to travel and save on food and lodging. The gamut of RV enthusiasts is vast.

However, as more RVs are on the road, there are more inexperienced drivers operating oversized vehicles posing a potential danger to themselves and others on the road. Motorhomes are rather large, and unlike minivans, SUVs and cars, operating one successfully requires a greater skill set. Accidents with RV’s happen quickly and lead to property damage and personal injuries.

Car accidents complicate the legal and insurance landscape, but when RVs are involved, it is even more problematic. If you are in an accident involving an RV, know your rights:

Document the Scene.

After an accident, document the scene by taking photos or videos of your property, the RV, other parties’ properties, road conditions, streetlights, obstructions, signage and any other factors that may have directly or indirectly contributed to the RV accident.

You will also want to take photos and/or videos of any visible injuries. This evidence could become very important when submitting claims and if the other motorist disputes the claims.

And do not apologize for anything, including documenting the scene.

Talk to Witnesses.

Obtain contact information such as name, address and any other helpful information from witnesses. If possible, you should request that they write down what they saw transpire.

Witnesses may, at a future date, be needed and they could become useful in proving who is the liable party. Remember though, you cannot pressure a witness to provide their information – you do not have any legal right to do so, simply talk to them and request their cooperation.

Call 911

Even if the RV accident is a fender-bender with no severe injuries, you should call the police. Calling 911 ensures you will obtain an official accident report which protects you from the other party, should they decide to dispute the accident.  The report is also helpful for insurance purposes.

Request Medical Help

Even if there are no visible injuries, internal injuries could be possible. After an accident, your body is filled with adrenaline, which can mask injuries. No one should stop you from getting medical attention, your health and safety should be top priority. If needed, you can also request medical bills, treatment records and specialist recommendations. These documents may be important at a later date in case of further legal action and compensation calculations.

Contact Legal Counsel

Having a personal injury attorney on your side after an RV accident is key to protecting your rights and preventing destruction of evidence. You may be traumatized or injured during this time, and having an experienced, trained personal injury lawyer on your side ensures any legal aspects to your case are handled accurately. It is advisable to seek a knowledgeable and trusted lawyer with a positive track record in handling RV accidents.

Remain Silent

After the RV accident, you do not have a legal obligation to admit fault or apologize for any behaviors that may have indirectly or directly caused the accident. For example, if the other party complains of injuries, do not express sympathy since that can be seen as an admission of fault.

Avoid discussing the RV accident with the other party or parties. Discussing the accident can lead to memory distortion, preventing you from recognizing what is reality and what is an opinion. Plus, the other party could use gathered conversation to make conclusions.

Finally, you do not have to – and should not – discuss the accident with the other motorist’s insurance company, instead refer them to your personal injury lawyer.

Request Insurance Information

Although some drivers will operate an RV without insurance coverage, under the law, all RVs should have insurance. During an RV accident, it is your right to check the other motorist’s insurance coverage and document the insurance information such as the company, policy number, and agent contact information for future reference and claims.

Request the police report.

It is your legal right to receive a copy of the police report. The police report documents any valuable information relating to the RV accident such as date, weather conditions, citations, eyewitness statements, accident diagrams, location, and any other aspects involved that the police believe to be important. You can use the police report as evidence in your case.

Right to legal action

If you or your attorney is unable to negotiate with the at-fault party insurance company, and the accident was caused by carelessness, negligence and recklessness, it is your right to sue for compensation. Remember, the insurance company will try to find any loophole to minimize and reduce your payout. You should let your personal injury attorney handle any questions and negotiations with the insurance company.

If you have been involved in an RV accident, contact the experienced attorneys at Hardee, Massey & Blodgett. We know that dealing with an accident can be very stressful and frustrating. It is important for you to know and understand your rights. We will help you through your claim and handle the entire claims process so you can focus on getting better.

July 12, 2021

COMMON CAUSES OF RV ACCIDENTS

Recreational vehicles (RV) of all kinds including camper vans, fifth wheels, and motor homes are a very popular way to travel and vacation all across North America. However, since the COVID-19 pandemic began, many people began seeking an alternative form of travel, work style, and entertainment – and RV’s became even more popular.

With the increased number of RV’s on the road, RV accidents have increased. There are many reasons for this as they are prone to problems such as extended braking distance, blind spots and lack of maneuverability, especially for inexperienced drivers.

There are many common causes of recreational vehicle accidents, but one of the biggest contributors is that states do not require drivers to receive special training or permits in order to drive an RV. You do however have to be 21 years old to drive an RV, however 10 percent of RV drivers are seniors over the age of 55 and age does increase driving impediments such as delayed response times and weakening vision.

What are Common RV Accident Causes?

Many common cases of RV accidents align with car accident causes, they are heightened with an RV due to the size of an RV compared to a car plus the reduced maneuverability and visibility increase the risk for accidents.

  • Speeding
  • Inexperienced drivers
  • Senior drivers
  • Tired drivers
  • High winds
  • Overloaded RV with too much weight
  • Rollover due to higher center of gravity
  • Runaway trailer
  • Miscalculated turns
  • Miscalculated stopping (heavier vehicles require longer stopping distances)
  • Unbalanced loads
  • Blind spot issues (not seeing another vehicle in the lane beside the RV)

How is Fault Decided in an RV Accident?

As with most accidents, it may not be easy to determine fault in an RV accident. It could be the RV driver, another vehicle driver, the RV manufacturer or a property owner that is responsible for the accident. A personal injury attorney who works with all types of motor vehicle accidents and victims of those accidents is who you need to speak to if you or a loved one have been involved in an RV accident.

Personal injury lawyers fight for the rights of people injured in accidents caused by cars, trucks and RV’s and they will fight the insurance company for the compensation you may deserve which could include the cost of medical bills, property damages, lost wages and more.

Hardee, Massey & Blodgett Attorneys

If you or a loved have been involved in an RV accident and are dealing with an injury, you have plenty on your plate to deal with. Let Hardee, Massey & Blodgett, LLP, a team of experienced accident attorneys, fight for the compensation you may deserve. With over 58 years combined experience, we have represented clients throughout eastern North Carolina with all types of injury cases. Consultations are free and you pay nothing up front, and there are no attorney fees unless we recover damages for you!

Call us today at 252-378-2525.