Filing RV Accident Lawsuits
RV dealerships have a responsibility to sell safe vehicles and RV owners are accountable for their own on-road behavior. When drivers are negligent and experience drowsy driving and fatigue, they can be liable for contributing to dangerous roadways.
RV Accidents & RV Defects
RV accidents are on the rise with more and more people renting and purchasing motorhomes in recent years. Many of the owners and drivers of recreational vehicles are older and driver negligence plays a large part in many reported accidents.
A report released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety administration’s report stated that more than 70,000 people were involved in RV accidents in the year the report was released.
The best way to determine the cause of an Recreational Vehicle accident you are involve in is to contact an experienced attorney in handling RV Accident cases.
The Lyon Firm has successfully handled RV Accident cases and can adequately investigate your case with the assistance of accident engineering experts.
The potential legal issues may involve a product defect: hitch, tires or stability issue. Or the negligence may rest with the dealer that sold or rented the vehicle.
Auto defects and poor driving skills are usually the primary causes of RV accidents. The size of RVs combined with reduced visibility and maneuverability increase accident risks. Experts warn about the following RV hazards:
- Inexperienced RV drivers
- Older drivers
- Fatigued drivers
- Windy conditions
- RV Overloading
- Defective hitches
- Runaway trailers
- Rollover Risks
- Dangerous lane changes
- Braking malfunction
- Work zone accidents
- Large blind spots
It might surprise a lot of people, but it is not necessary to have training or have a special RV license to drive most motorhomes on the road. Any vehicle under 26,000 pounds can be driven with a regular operator’s driver’s license in all 50 states.
For this reason, many RVs are operated by new drivers with little experience and they not be accustomed to larger blind spots and knowing how to properly change lanes and control a much larger vehicle than they are used to driving.
The short answer is Yes. Any larger vehicle that has a narrower wheel base and sits higher is more vulnerable to weather-adverse road conditions and instability.
Many RVs are very heavy and the heavier the vehicle, the more difficult in will be to control, particularly for inexperienced drivers.
Our Firm will help you find the answers. The Firm has the experience, resources and dedication to take on difficult cases and help our clients obtain justice following RV Accidents.
Joe Lyon has successfully litigated and resolved RV Accidents and wrongful death cases.
The Lyon Firm has 17 years of experience and success representing individuals and plaintiffs in all fifty states, and in a variety of complex civil litigation matters. RV Accident lawsuits can be complex and require industry experts to determine the root cause of an auto defect, accident or injury.
Mr. Lyon has worked with experts nationwide to assist individuals understand why an RV Accident happened and whether the accident and injury were preventable.
Resources/Dedication: Mr. Lyon has worked with experts in the fields of accident reconstruction, biomechanics and further auto defect disciplines in successfully representing Plaintiffs. The Lyon Firm is dedicated to building the strongest cases possible for clients and their critical interests.
Results: Mr. Lyon has obtained seven-figure results in personal injury, automotive product liability, and auto dealership negligence cases. The cases have involved successfully litigating against some of the largest auto companies in the world.
Evidence Preservation following RV Accidents
- Obtain Photos of the Accident Scene;
- Secure all Vehicles Involved in the Accident;
- Secure the Tires and any tread (Weather Can Impact the Evidence);
- Secure the Hitch, if applicable;
- Secure all documentation of the purchase or lease of the vehicle;
- Make a list of all witness, investigating officers, and medical contacts;
- Contact a Qualified Attorney with Experience in RV Accident Cases;
- Don’t make any statements to an insurance company without a lawyer
Questions to Ask Following RV Accidents:
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?
RV Accident & Dealership Negligence
$ Confidential Settlement
(Hebron, Ohio): Joe Lyon was lead counsel in a case against a notable RV Dealership for the negligent pairing of the tow vehicle and the recreational camper. The Dealer installed the hitch and recommended the use of a tow vehicle that was not within the towing specifications for the camper. As a result, the excess weight caused the camper to sway and roll over in a tragic highway accident. The driver was catastrophically injured and ultimately passed away from his injuries. The case was resolved in mediation following extensive discovery.
Safety Tips for Towing
1. Stay within the towing capacity of your tow vehicle;
2. Pack your trailer properly to stay within load capacity and weight distribution;
3. Check the tires of both the camper and the tow vehicle for proper inflation. Underinflated tires can result in a dangerous tire blow out;
4. Check your lights;
5. Check your brakes;
6. Adjust your mirrors
7. Check your hitch;
8. Keep assured clear distances;
9. Have an expert review your tow capacity and equipment if un-certain.