A recreational vehicle (RV) can be a motor home, fifth wheel, camper van, camping trailer, or truck camper. Under California law, anyone who has a standard Class C driver’s license can drive an RV that is up to 40’ in length without any additional training.
If you’re the victim of an accident caused by the negligent driving of one of these vehicles, it would be a good idea for you to contact one of the experienced vehicle accident attorneys on our team to help evaluate your case to ensure you get the highest possible compensation.
Causes of RV Accidents
Many RV accidents are due to the driver’s inexperience. Without training or sufficient practice, it can be difficult to accurately judge turns, balance a load, and identify blind spots. Other potential causes can include:
- Drunk driving
- Driver fatigue
- Distracted driving
- Runaway trailers
- Unsafe speed for conditions
- Lack of proper tire maintenance
- Design or manufacturing defects
- Hazardous road conditions
The majority of these factors can be directly attributed to the negligence of the driver and it’s your attorney’s job to prove fault.
For that reason, it’s crucial that you document the facts and circumstances surrounding your RV accident. It can be a confusing time but try to take photos and make sure you get the other driver’s information. At the very least, make sure to get their license plate number.
When You Need an RV Accident Attorney
The first and most important thing to do after an accident is to seek medical attention. Even if your injuries don’t seem severe at first, there’s a chance that you may be in shock, or suffering numbness caused by whiplash.
I am so thankful I choose Frank Penney. They made me feel important and were there for me every step of the way. Please take my advice and give them a call if you’re ever injured in an accident. -Rance V., Vallejo, Ca.
Then you should contact an attorney as quickly as possible- even before you speak to an insurance company representative. An insurance adjuster’s job is to make sure the company pays as little as possible in compensation, so it makes sense to get legal counsel before answering their questions.
Contact one of the lawyers on our team to have all of your questions answered and get a free case evaluation. We have offices conveniently located in Sacramento, Roseville, and Oakland, or can come to your location. Spanish and Chinese speaking attorneys are available.