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Queens Recreational Vehicle Accident

A recreational vehicle (RV) is a vehicle designed as a temporary living space typically used for recreational, camping, travel or seasonal use. Some RVs are motorized, while others must be towed. RVs are popular for vacationing, camping, fishing, hikers, and for taking long road trips around the country. They are equipped with cooking appliances, storage, and sleeping areas. In other words, they are like a home on wheels. However, while comfortable, RVs have very few safety features for drivers and passengers. As a result even when traveling a low speeds, when an RV is involved in accident the result is often serious property damage and severe personal injury. Victims of RV accidents often suffer serious injuries such as a brain injury, contusions, broken bones, internal injuries, amputations, paralysis, or spinal cord injury. New York law gives victims of vehicle accidents the right to seek justice by suing the negligent party. If or a loved one were injured in an RV accident caused by driver negligence, it is important that you immediately contact a Queens recreational vehicle accident lawyer as you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Types of Recreational Vehicles

There are several types of RVs that can be classified as motorized or towed.

  • Motorized. Motor homes and motor coaches are types of motorized RVs. They range from smaller personal use motor homes to large luxurious commercial motor homes and motor coaches.
  • Towed. RVs that must be towed include pop up campers, campers, travel trailers, and fifth wheelers.
Common Causes of RV Accidents

Whether the RV is motorized or towed, maneuvering an RV can be very difficult and requires experience. The height, weight, and shape of motorized RVs in particular create a particularly dangerous situation for both passengers in the RV and occupants of other vehicles on the road. In addition, RVs carry heavy furniture, appliances, and other objects that can cause catastrophic injuries in the event of an accident. While some of the common causes of RV accidents are the same causes of other types of vehicle accidents, other causes are related to the size of RVs and the loads they carry. Common causes of RV accidents include:

  • Speeding. Just like with any other type of vehicle, speeding is a common cause of accidents.
  • Driver inexperience. Driving an RV is not the same as driving a sedan or SUV. Similarly, towing and RV requires additional knowledge and skill.
  • Driver overcorrection. Overcorrection is often caused by driver inexperience.
  • Driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol. Drunk or impaired driving is a frequent cause of accidents in all types of vehicles.
  • Uneven load. If an RV is improperly loaded, the driver may have difficulty maneuvering it, leading to accidents.
  • Runaway trailers. Failure to properly secure the RV to the vehicle towing it can lead to the trailer separating from the vehicle and potentially crashing to another vehicle or pedestrian
Pursuing Damages

If you have been injured in an RV accident, contact an experienced Queens recreational vehicle accident lawyer. Through a personal injury lawsuit there are a variety of types of damages that may be available to you based on the losses you suffered due to another person's negligence. For example, victims who suffer serious injuries after being injured in an RV accident will undoubtedly face substantial medical expenses. These expenses include the fees your doctors charge, ambulance fees, emergency room fees, hospital fees, surgical fees, costs of prescriptions, costs of medical equipment, as well as fees associated with rehabilitation.

Whether you miss a few weeks or a few months of work, the negligent party is responsible for paying you the wages and other compensation that you lost. Pain and suffering is a legal term that encompasses not just physical pain, but also emotional and mental suffering such as fear, grief, worry, inconvenience and the loss of the enjoyment of life.

Beware that New York law has a specific time limit for filing a claim in a personal injury case. If you do not file your claim within the time period, you will be forever barred from collecting damages even if your case has merit. In addition, if the party responsible for your injury was a government entity then there are special procedures you must follow to file a claim.

Contact a Recreational Vehicle Accident Attorney in Queens

If you were injured as a result of an RV accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries, financial loss, and pain and suffering. Don’t attempt to pursue compensation by yourself. Injury cases involving vehicles such as RVs can be complicated. It’s important to have someone with significant experience by you side. Stephen Bilkis & Associates has decades of experienced in handling personal injury cases stemming from vehicle accidents. We serve clients in the following locations: Queens, Westchester County, Suffolk County, Staten Island, Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, and Nassau County. Contact an experienced recreational vehicle accident attorney serving Queens 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case.

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