Recreational vehicles (commonly referred to as RVs) are a fun, unique and a popular way to see the country side, and spend quality time with family and friends. In fact, close to nine (9) million households own an RV. RVing gives more than 18 million Americans the flexibility to travel on long trips, or a quick getaway for a few days, and the freedom to travel where they want and when they want, that is unmatched by any other form of vacation travel option.
Close to 40% of RV owners have children (under the age of 18) living at home. Many campgrounds that accommodate RV’s offer recreational centers, swimming facilities, entertainment, snack bars and a convenience store. These types of campgrounds are often located near historical sites and common tourist attractions, which make it easy for travelers to park their RV and explore interesting places.
One of the big attraction factors to traveling with an RV is the expense. A family of four (4) can travel in an RV for more than 50% less than flying and staying at a hotel, or even taking a luxury cruise (and that includes the cost of owning/renting an RV and the price of gas). The median income for the majority of RV owners is a little over $60,000. There is an RV option for every financial level. They range from $4,000 to $400,000.
Accidents involving RVs (which include motor homes, camper vans, toy haulers, and fifth wheels) are commonly due to not accounting for the extended stopping distance required, and the fact that there are more blind spots associated with these types of vehicles. In addition, due to the sheer size of RVs, maneuverability is limited and often times very difficult.
One of the common causes of RV accidents is the lack of training. No special training is required to drive a recreational vehicle. The only requirement is that the driver must be 21 years or older. More than ten percent (10%) of all RV drivers are considered to be senior citizens (over the age of 55). At this age, vision is usually weaker, and reflex responses are naturally slower. In addition, due to the size of the vehicle, the age and inexperience of the driver, other components can add to the risk of RV accidents, and they include (but are not limited to):
- RV’s that are overloaded and are too heavy
- An uneven load can make tipping the vehicle a more dangerous reality.
- Rollovers due to sharp turns, a heavy load, and/or high winds.
- Drivers, that are excessively tired, are a danger to themselves and other drivers.
- Badly calculated turns are a common cause of RV accidents.
- Not calculating enough stopping distance. Larger vehicles require more space to stop than standard size vehicles.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Administration, there are more than 75,000 people involved in RV accidents, and several hundred of people die, as a result of the accidents involving RV’s.
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident speak with a lawyer from Schreuders Compensation Lawyers. You can call their office at 02 92611799 or visit 4/5 Hunter St Sydney NSW 2000.