RVs and motorhomes can be great for those who love to get away on vacations while being able to bring amenities with them. There are many different types of RVs and, most of the time, they are safe on the roadway. However, there are many factors that can make them unsafe for their occupants, as well as other people on the roadway around them.
At Paulozzi LPA Injury Lawyers, we want to help if you or a loved one have been injured due to the negligence of an RV operator or because of a faulty RV. Our knowledgeable and experienced team will work to secure compensation for all of your crash-related expenses. When you need a Cleveland RV and ATV accident attorney, call us today.
When we talk about RVs, we are discussing a wide range of vehicle types. There are trailers that can be towed behind other vehicles and there are RVs that are larger and are entire vehicles themselves. The weight of these vehicles can range from around 5,000 pounds to more than 40,000 pounds.
Some of the main causes of RV crashes correlate with regular passenger vehicle crashes. However, some items on this list are specific to these larger vehicles:
Under no circumstances should these vehicles be driven by a driver who is impaired by drugs or alcohol or distracted by their electronic devices.
There are times when RVs are poorly designed by a manufacturer. In this case, they should be recalled and owners notified. If a crash or injury occurs because of a poorly designed RV, the company should be held liable.
It is common to see the following injuries in the aftermath of an RV crash:
These injuries can become incredibly costly. Medical bills can reach into the tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars, and this does not include other hidden accident costs like lost wages, home and vehicle accommodations, medical equipment, rehabilitation, and more.
ATV accidents have a wide variety of causes, and these incidents occur much more often than most people realize. Whether a person is riding a privately-owned ATV or one owned by a commercial operator, most accidents involving these vehicles are preventable. Under no circumstances should inexperienced riders be allowed to operate an ATV. It is the responsibility of the owner of an ATV to ensure that only trained riders operate the vehicle. In addition, all ATVs should be properly inspected and maintained, as should any ATV trail that is going to be used.
According to data available from the Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC), there were nearly 94,000 ATV injuries treated in US emergency departments or hospitals during the reporting year 2017 in the US. Regulators have said that more than 15,000 people have died due to ATV crashes over the last few decades, and hundreds of thousands more have sustained severe injuries.
At Paulozzi LPA Injury Lawyers, it is not uncommon for our ATV accident lawyers to help clients who have sustained the following injuries:
ATV operators have very little protection if they are involved in an accident. Even if a rider is wearing a helmet, there is no metal frame surrounding an ATV to protect a person in a crash. ATV rollover incidents have a high likelihood of leading to the death of a rider.
ATVs can be incredibly useful and fun vehicles, and they are regularly used for both recreational purposes as well as outdoor work. It is important for anybody who owns or operates an ATV to ensure that:
All ATV trails are properly inspected and maintained
As we mentioned above when discussing RVs, it is not uncommon for an ATV to have a design flaw. ATV recalls taking place every year. These recalls could be of the entire ATV or individual parts. Owners and operators of these ATVs must ensure that any recalled ATV is replaced or repaired by the manufacturer. In these cases, if an injury does occur due to a defective ATV, it may be possible to hold the manufacturer of the ATV or ATV part liable.
There is so much for you to keep track of when you are on the roadway. The last thing you expect is for another person’s negligence to cause you or a loved one harm. At Paulozzi LPA Injury Lawyers, we are ready to help when you need a Cleveland RV and ATV accident attorney. These crashes can be horrific, but we want to make sure you are compensated for all of your expenses. This can include: