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New York 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. While many RVs are quite comfortable and have many of the features of a house or apartment, they typically do not have many 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. Unfortunately, in many accidents there are victims that are injured so severely that they do not survive. If you are in need of a New York Injury Lawyer because you or a loved one were injured in an RV accident caused by driver negligence, it is important that you immediately contact a New York Recreational Vehicle Accident Lawyer as you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering through a personal injury or wrongful death claim. In addition, if during the course of the treatment for your injuries your doctor, nurse, or other medical professional is negligent and commits medical malpractice, the driver may be required to compensate you for that as well.

Types of RVs

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
  • Driver inexperience
  • Driver overcorrection
  • Driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol
  • Driver fatigue
  • Failure to check blind spots
  • Poor maintenance
  • Distracted driving
  • Tire blowouts
  • Uneven load
  • Runaway trailers
Types of damages

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.

If a loved one dies in an RV crash, under New York law the legal representative of that person may file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover damages.

New York Recreational Vehicle Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of an RV accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries, financial loss, and pain and suffering. Stephen Bilkis and Associates is experienced in handling personal injury cases stemming from RV accidents, ATV accidents as well a car accidents, truck accidents, and other types of vehicle accidents. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case.

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