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Driving a large motor home or recreational vehicle is a lot different than driving an everyday car. Many RV accidents are the result of negligent drivers, who may be inexperienced behind the wheel of such a big vehicle.

This applies to motor homes, camper vans, hybrid trailers, pop-up campers, and tour busses. The only requirement to drive a recreational vehicle in the United States is a driver’s license and being at least 21 years of age. In one study, The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, found that thousands of people have been injured in RV accidents.

Poor driving skills combined with potential poorly designed RVs can lead to tragic auto accidents. Some of the most common causes of an Ohio RV accident may include:

  • Driver Fatigue—many RV enthusiasts put in long hours, trying to cover a lot of ground from destination to destination. Drivers may be drowsy and can make poor driving decisions.
  • RV Defects—some RVs and motor homes have design defects and are poorly constructed. Such manufacturing defects can lead to unsafe road conditions and can cause accidents.
  • RV Repair Negligence—auto mechanics who fail to repair brakes or other safety mechanisms on a vehicle may be liable for damages in an Ohio RV accident.
  • Rollovers—RVs are more likely to tip over due to a narrow wheel base on such a large vehicle. Some RVs are more prone to rollover. Generally, the larger the RV, the more likely a rollover accident will occur. RVs are required to undergo rollover testing by Federal law, but there are still driving mistakes. Drivers may drive too fast around a curve or a bend, and lose control of the vehicle.
  • Failure to Stop—some RV drivers fail to take in account extra stopping distance when operating a very large rig. Some motor homes weigh as much as a tractor trailer, and the weight adds quite a bit of stopping distance. The impact force is also much greater due to the weight of the vehicle. Rear end collisions are common. Miscalculating stops is common. RVs may also cause accidents because the braking system isn’t wired correctly from the trailer to the vehicle.
  • Inexperienced Drivers—Ohio drivers are not required to pass a driving test to operate many RVs, and do not know how to safely handle such a huge vehicle. This endangers almost everyone on the road, and RV accidents are a lot more common than most motorists realize. As a general rule, drivers should not drive an RV or motorhome faster than 60 miles per hour.
  • Blind Spots—RVs are massive and have a limited line of sight, even with cameras and added mirrors. An RV driver may not see smaller vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians and cause an accident. Many RV accidents occur when an RV is reversing, or backing up out of a parking spot.
  • RV Tire Failure—just as trucks require careful attention to tire pressure and tire condition, RVs also experience Tire malfunction that can lead to catastrophic accidents. RV owners and mechanics must pay attention to regular tire maintenance schedules to keep a safe RV.
  • Poor Weather—bad weather and especially windy road conditions can lead to serious RV accidents. Controlling a large vehicle that catches wind can send an RV into other lanes, and cause severe auto accidents. Rollovers are a risk in windy weather.
  • Overloaded Trailers—some motorhomes and RV trailers are too heavy for the truck that is pulling them. Many motorists do not know how much their RV weighs and overloads the hitch, which may lead to a loss of control or a runaway trailer.
  • Improper Weight Distribution—Ohio RV drivers are urged to visit a public weigh station when their rig is fully loaded. RVs should meet the weight distribution regulations provided by the manufacturer, and hitch weight limits must be known. Tire blowouts often occur because an RV is too heavy. An unevenly loaded RV as hazardous as an overloaded RV. This can place too much weight on the tires and suspension.
  • Driver Distraction—many drivers of an RV are on holiday and they may be distracted by a family in the rear compartment or other vacation concerns. A recreational vehicle may have so many added luxuries that a driver almost forgets he is driving. Drivers may even be drinking alcohol in some cases.

Joe Lyon is a Cincinnati Auto Accident Lawyer reviewing Ohio RV Accident cases for injured plaintiffs nationwide.


Types of Recreational Vehicles


Recreational vehicles or motorhomes all tend to be taller, wider and longer than other passenger vehicles. The classes of the vehicles are as follows:

  • Class C RVs are built on a cutaway van chassis. The front end of the RV looks and operates like a large truck or van.
  • Class B motorhomes look like van campers and have a wheelbase like Class C RVs.
  • Class A RVs is what most people imagine an RV looks like. These are very large, and have the most comforts and amenities. Class A recreational vehicles can be up to 45 feet long and 8 feet wide. Class A RVs can weigh up to 30,000 pounds, putting them in a “large truck” class.

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RV trailers are some of the more dangerous vehicles on the road. Rarely are drivers familiar with how these vehicles handle in a variety of road situations. Drivers pulling an RV extension do not need a special license and they may be inexperienced. As you prepare to contact a lawyer about potential legal action following an Ohio RV accident, consider the following questions:

  • Was there a tire blowout or tread separation?
  • Were the brakes functioning properly?
  • Was the trailer properly hitched, or swaying wildly?
  • Were the taillights working?
  • Was the RV driver speeding or trying to pass another vehicle?
  • How long was the driver at the wheel?
  • Was the RV driver distracted in any way: eating, using a mobile device, drinking?
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Why are these cases important?

In the immediate aftermath of serious car accidents, victims are often injured and wondering about the cause of the crash, how they will pay for damages and medical costs, and how to recover compensation for lost wages and pain and suffering. After all injuries are treated by medical professionals, it is critical to start building a personal injury case with an experienced Ohio car accident lawyer.

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Questions about Truck Accident Cases

What is a motor vehicle accident lawsuit?

Regardless of the cause of car accidents, victims deserve representation in order to help recover losses, and to identify the liable parties involved. Ohio car accidents may be the result of defective auto components, negligent motorists, poor road conditions or poor road design, among other risk factors. 

 

A motor vehicle accident suit holds parties responsible for the injuries and damage caused, as well as alerting companies or insitutions of any necessary risks that may have caused the accident. 

What is the process and why should I pursue it?

The process involves preserving evidence of the collision, getting witness testimony, and hiring accident experts to determine who was responsible for the auto accident. 

Since most auto insurance policies are not capable of compensating someone injured in a catastrophic accident, it is advisable to contact and hire an experienced personal injury lawyer to properly investigate the case.

What are the common causes of motor vehicle accidents?

There are numerous causes of auto accidents on Ohio’s roadways, including driver negligence, driver fatigue, distracted drivers, driving and texting, poor road conditions, and unsafe highway design. Regardless of the primary cause of a car accident, it is important to investigate with experienced accident reconstruction experts and contact a Cincinnati Auto Accident Attorney to weigh your legal options.

One safety study concluded that negligent highway design and conditions are a factor in more than half the fatal crashes in the United States.  Some common design flaws may include:

  • Sharp Turns
  • Poor Road Maintenance
  • Blind Spots
  • Poorly lit roadways
  • Poor Signage
  • Unsafe on and off ramps
  • Excessive speed limit
  • Narrow shoulder or no shoulder
What are common types of MVAs?
Distracted Driving

Times have changed in recent years with so many drivers looking at their phones. Texting and driving is a huge issue, and even as it’s illegal, the problem persists. The number one cause of car accidents involve distracted motorists that divert their attention from the road. Drivers may talking on a phone, sending a text message, adjusting the radio or eating food. Any distraction for a few seconds can be the difference between a safe trip and an accident.

Driver Error

Whether a simple mind lapse that results in a driving mistake, or ignoring a traffic law, driver error is a leading cause of road accidents. Common driver errors are failing to signal a turn, drifting into a different lane, cutting off drivers, ignoring road signs, following too close, speeding, and failing to stop at signals.

Speeding and Reckless Driving

Excessive speeding increases the risk of a traffic accident dramatically. As driver increase the rate of travel they significantly decrease their ability to adjust to traffic and other objects in the road. The faster a driver travels, the less stopping distance they will have.

Reckless driving includes unsafe lane changes, improper turns, tailgating, and racing.

Drunk Driving Accidents

Drivers under the influence of alcohol cause many car accidents every day. Almost a third (30 percent) of fatal car accidents in the U.S. are alcohol-related. Also, drug-related accidents are common. Even as states crack down on drunk driving, the number of drivers who drink and drive still present a problem. Victims of drunk driving accidents are likely to settle valuable cases.

Ignoring Traffic Signals

Negligent drivers run red lights and stop signs, and thereby risk causing accidents. Running red lights often causes high-speed side-impact collisions, which are particularly dangerous. Drivers in a hurry are some of the most dangerous motorists on the road.

Teen Driving Accidents

Young drivers and teenagers lack road experience and pose a serious risk. Teen drivers cause many car accidents, and drivers aged 16-20 kill nearly 8,000 people each year. Driver training and support is integral to creating a safer atmosphere on Ohio roads.

Ohio Driver Fatigue Accidents

It’s not only truck drivers that drive while extremely tired. There are a lot of drivers on the road that have sleep disorders, or have a changing work schedule that inhibits their driving ability. Many drivers on the road in Ohio are often too tired to properly operate their vehicle. They make poor driving decisions and create dangerous situations.

Road Rage Accidents

Road rage and aggressive driving can easily lead to an accident. If you observe a driver visibly upset, you are encouraged to keep a distance. If you tend to get angry with other motorists, remember that nothing good can come of driving more aggressively or speeding up to catch another driver in traffic.

Dangerous Ohio Roads

City authorities have a duty to clear roads of debris and snow and other materials. If an auto accident occurs due to city officials failing to create safe roads, a municipality can be held liable. Roads may also be unsafe due to poor road design and traffic signal placement. Contact The Lyon Firm if you suspect an Ohio road of being particularly dangerous. You may save the life of another Ohio motorist.

Unsafe Road Work

Work zones are very dangerous for both workers and drivers. Many work zones are poorly marked, poorly manned, and uneven pavement can easily cause an accident. Many road construction contractors fail to provide a safe driving environment, and any road work accident can be investigated following a collision.

Failure to Yield

Many roads are only as safe the drivers and traffic flow. When drivers fail to yield to cars or trucks, a collision can occur, leading to serious injury. All drivers must pay attention to all signage and yield to traffic, particularly on highway ramps.

Ohio Uber Accidents

Rideshare companies have produced a great deal of drivers who may be in a hurry to pick up fares, and can be overworked as well. Uber accidents and Lyft accidents are more and more common. Victims of rideshare and taxi accidents may have good accident claims against negligent drivers.

Ohio Pedestrian Accidents

With more distracted drivers come more pedestrian accidents. Pedestrians have a right to cross the street, and yet this has become a hazardous exercise. Crosswalk accidents and School Zone accidents can be severely dangerous and deadly.

Ohio Cycling Accidents

Ohio Cyclists have a right to share all roads except for freeways, but many drivers do not respect bicycles on the road. Cycling accidents should be investigated, as many motorists are guilty of aggressive driving around bicycles.

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In 2016, 1,132 motorists were killed in vehicle accidents in Ohio alone. Regardless of the cause of car accidents, victims deserve representation in order to help recover losses, and to identify the liable parties involved. Ohio car accidents may be the result of defective auto components, negligent motorists, poor road conditions or poor road design, among other risk factors.

Injured motorists and passengers in Ohio may be able to file a claim against negligent motorists and trucking companies and can seek compensation for incurred medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages.

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The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against negligent individuals or companies to obtain just compensation under the law. 

DISTRACTED DRIVER

WRONGFUL DEATH

$1,000,000

(Brown County, Kentucky):  Joseph Lyon was second chair a case involving a driver texting and driving when he crossed the median, killing a father of four. The case was resolved once discovery confirmed the cell phone records proved the texting-related incident. The settlement will pay for the surviving childrens’ education. The driver was likely facing additional criminal charges at the time of the settlement.

MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

$495,000

(Cincinnati, Ohio):  Joe Lyon was lead counsel in a $495,000 settlement. The case involved a motorcycle operator who sustained fractures of the calcaneus, talus, medial cuneiform, tarsal bones, and tarsometatarsal when a car ignored its driving lane and crossed into his right-of-way. Settlement provided repayment of medical bills of $20,000 and funds for future education to re-enter the work force in a less physically-demanding job.

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