RV Accidents Pose Increased Risk to Vehicle Occupants during Summer Vacation Season


July 11, 2014

This is the time of year when people take their travel-trailer or recreational vehicle (RV) out of storage to embark on excursions to visit family and/or to enjoy the outdoors. While RVs and Fifth-Wheel trailers offer comfortable camping trips, they also can be more difficult to maneuver and stop than smaller, lighter vehicles. Although towing a trailer or driving a motorhome is more challenging than driving a smaller passenger vehicle, no special driver's license or training is required by Georgia or the federal government.

When inexperienced drivers attempt to navigate the roadways of Georgia in oversized vehicles like campers and motorhomes, they pose a potential accident risk for others traveling our roads. This lack of experience means that drivers often are unfamiliar with the unique handling characteristics and large blind spots associated with these vehicles. Many RV owners are senior citizens who may have slower reaction times and diminished sight, which exacerbates the challenges associated with safely driving these oversized vehicles. Because campers, trailers and RVs often are used no more than once or twice a year, they also may be prone to maintenance issues.

There are many causes of accident involving motorhomes and trailers, including but not limited to the following:

• Rollovers because of a high center of gravity
• Failure to observe other vehicles because of large blind spots
• Improperly hitched or connected trailers that come loose and become runaway trailers
• Overloaded trailers that exceed what can be safely towed
• Improperly balanced loads
• Handling curves and turns at unsafe speeds or too sharply
• Drivers unfamiliar with the braking time, blind spots and turning radius of oversized vehicles
• Loss of control in heavy wind conditions
• Failure to check or maintain brakes
• Drowsy and distracted driving
• Malfunctioning or poorly maintained equipment

Our attorneys at Montlick and Associates have extensive experience handling accidents involving large vehicles like buses and tractor-trailers, so we understand the unique challenges of pursuing claims for injuries caused by RVs and trailers. Many motorhomes are essentially a bus or semi-truck chassis that is converted into a passenger vehicle. Therefore, the cases often involve similar issues in terms of limited handling, longer breaking distances and bulky vehicles. We also understand Georgia laws pertaining to the maximum weight and length of motorhomes and regulations regarding towing trailers or towing cars behind RVs.

Put Our Law Firm's Over 30 Years of Experience to Work For You

If you or someone close to you is injured in a collision caused by a motorhome or vehicle towing a trailer, you might be entitled to financial compensation. Our attorneys at Montlick and Associates have been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast for over thirty years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Auto Accidents

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