The Devastating Impact of Georgia RV (Motor home) Accidents


March 25, 2011

People all over Georgia load up the RV and depart for destinations throughout Georgia, whether Chickamauga and Lookout Mountain to camp or to Atlanta to spend Easter with family. These exciting excursions can turn tragic when defective roadways, negligent drivers or defective campers result in serious RV accidents. Thousands of people are killed in RV road accidents annually according to the US Department of Transportation, and another 70,000 people are injured annually according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

If you have suffered serious injures or someone you love has suffered wrongful death in an Atlanta or Georgia RV (recreational vehicle) collision, contact the Atlanta RV law firm of Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law. We work hard for our clients and handle legal and insurance issues so that you can focus on recovering and getting back to work. Our experienced recreational vehicle attorneys have been representing those who are seriously injured as a result of the negligence of others throughout Georgia for over 27 years.

There are a wide variety of causes that may contribute to RV collisions in Atlanta and throughout Georgia including vehicle defect issues, negligent drivers, unsafe roads and poorly maintained RV rentals. Some of the most common factors that directly lead to RV collisions include the following:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Speeding
  • Poor road conditions
  • Failure of rental companies to perform tire or brake maintenance
  • Design or manufacturing defects
  • Inexperienced RV drivers
  • Drunk driving
  • Drivers distracted by cell phones, GPS devices or other occupants in the RV
  • Older drivers who have difficulty steering or with their vision

Some recreational vehicles when used for towing are about as long as some large commercial tractor-trailers, but there is no special license needed to drive these large rigs. The problem of driver inexperience is often compounded by the fact that many of these large motor homes are being driven by the elderly or others who may have slower reaction times when confronted with road hazards. The RV industry also is not heavily regulated despite the size, weight and decreased handling features associated with motor homes, which can result in poorly designed vehicles that can affect safety and stability.

Accidents involving large RVs can pose challenges in establishing the cause of the accident and determining fault. While the negligence of the person driving the RV may contribute to the accident, there may be other parties whose conduct contributed to an RV accident. Manufacturing defects that affect the steering, brakes or other critical components in the vehicle also may cause or contribute to a fatal motor home accident. A governmental entity may even share responsibility if the defective roadway itself contributes to a Georgia RV accident. For example, road signs may not sufficiently warn of curves or caution drivers driving oversized vehicles to reduce their speed.

If your family has been affected by a tragic recreational vehicle accident, the experienced Atlanta RV law firm of Montlick and Associates will carefully investigate your accident to identify all potential responsible parties and determine the basis for the liability of anyone whose negligent conduct contributed to your injuries or the wrongful death of your loved one. While every case is different, examples of the evidence we may analyze includes the police accident report, any eye witnesses' testimony, medical reports, public records regarding accidents in that vicinity and traffic camera video footage.

The experienced Atlanta RV accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates will carefully analyze the issues of causation and fault. Some of the factors we will consider may include:

  • Was the driver of the RV speeding?
  • Were the tires or the brakes in the RV worn out?
  • Were the RV taillights in proper working order?
  • Was any travel trailer properly hitched to the tow rig?
  • Did a distracted driver cause the accident?
  • Was the driver drowsy or fatigued while driving?
  • Were there passengers in the RV causing a disturbance?
  • Was any driver involved in the auto accident intoxicated or under the influence of drugs?

The massive size and weight of RVs means that when they are involved in motor vehicle accidents catastrophic injuries and fatalities are more common. The experienced motor home accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates know that these types of serious injuries often mean excruciating pain and suffering, prolonged work absences, grueling physical rehabilitation and permanent mental and physical disability. If you or a family member have been seriously injured in a Georgia RV accident, contact Montlick and Associates. Our attorneys fight hard to protect our clients' rights and get them the compensation they deserve as part of our ongoing goal of being the top Atlanta personal injury lawyers in Georgia.

The Atlanta motor home accident attorneys of Montlick and Associates are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, 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: Personal Injury

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