Vacationing in a recreational vehicle (RV) is becoming increasingly popular. Some individuals even choose to live in an RV full time, traveling the country. According to the RV Industry Association, sales of RVs increased in the past year. This means that the United States is likely to see an ever-increasing number of RVs on our roads.
RV travel and camping provides an appealing vacation option for American families according to recent Ipsos research examining consumer interest and planned actions on travel choices in light of the COVID-19 crisis. According to the research, 46 million Americans plan to take an RV trip in the next 12 months.
However, driving an RV can be much more challenging than driving a passenger car and the dangers of accidents with RVs are ever-present. Getting into a crash with a motorhome can be terrifying, dangerous, and costly. Much like commercial trucks and other larger and heavier vehicles, motorhomes can cause great damage to cars and horrific injuries to individuals.
RVs are taller and wider than passenger cars, making maneuverability a bit tricky. Although they are significantly larger than personal vehicles, more similar to a commercial-sized rig, there is no special license or training required to operate an RV. Most common causes of RV Accidents include:
While there can potentially be numerous reasons for accidents, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has identified driver error or negligence as the number one factor in motor vehicle accidents.
Safety is critical when towing or driving an RV. Preparation, education and planning can have a big impact on your safety.
For more RV safety information visit the RV Safety & Education Foundation.
RV accidents can result in severe injuries to accident victims, often resulting in significant financial burdens. If you’ve been injured in an RV accident, you may be entitled to much-needed compensation. Contact our experienced team of attorneys at Scartelli Olszewski, P.C. for a free consultation. You can reach us via phone: 570-346-2600.