Recreational Vehicle Accidents

Hurt in a recreational vehicle accident? Recreational vehicles and motorcycles are insured the same way that normal automobiles are insured. However, not all states require an owner to have an insurance policy for a recreational vehicle or a motorcycle. So, if a person is involved in an accident involving a recreational vehicle or a motorcycle, the person has the right to sue the responsible party for medical expenses, loss of wages, and property damage. If you've been hurt in a recreational vehicle accident, call a top personal injury attorney today.

Recreational Vehicle Accident Statisitcs

Even though federal law dictates that all recreational vehicles go through a series of crash and rollover tests before they are sold to the public, over 70,000 people are involved in RV accidents in 2012. There are several reasons that recreational vehicles are prone to accidents, including:

  • Speeding
  • Inexperienced drivers
  • Drivers who are overly tired
  • Miscalculated stopping distances
  • Overloading
  • Size and overall maneuverability
  • Poorly balanced loads
  • Blind spots
  • Rollovers that are caused by a higher center of gravity
Recreational Vehicle Accidents

Motorcycle Accident Claims


While motorcycle accidents aren’t necessarily more frequent than other types of vehicle accidents, they are more likely to result in serious injury or death because there isn’t a barrier between the driver and the road. When a motorcycle accident occurs, liability is governed by the law of negligence. Meaning, whichever party was determined to be the negligent driver is responsible for damages that resulted as a cause of the accident. If this has happened to you, hire an accident attorney today.

When a person files a negligence claim, the court makes its determination by considering four different elements:

  • Whether the plaintiff was exercising the proper amount of caution while driving and obeying traffic laws.
  • Whether the defendant was exercising the proper amount of caution while driving and obeying traffic laws.
  • Whether the defendant’s conduct caused injuries to the plaintiff.
  • Whether or not the plaintiff was injured or suffered a loss.
Motorcycle Accident Claims

ATV Accident


 

ATV accidents injure over 135,000 people and claim the lives of more than 700 people each year. It’s also common for ATV accidents, especially accidents involving more than one ATV, to result in losses from property damage. Victims of ATV accidents have the right to sue the responsible party for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Property damage
  • Lost income

However, the victims of an ATV accident can’t claim compensation without proving negligence to the court or insurance company. In order to prove negligence, the victim must show that:

  • The accident resulted in serious harm.
  • The accident is the other party’s fault.
  • The accident was caused by the other party’s careless behavior.

If the court or insurance company determines that more than one person was at fault of an ATV accident, the liability is divided between the responsible parties based on the percentage of fault.

Recreational Vehicle Accident Statistics

Snowmobile Accident

In some states, liability insurance is required for people who are riding snowmobiles on marked trails other than trails on property that the rider owns. Some states also have age restrictions for snowmobile drivers that require those under the legal age to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian when riding a snowmobile.

Like with other vehicles, riding a snowmobile puts the rider at risk of being injured as a result of a collision with another rider, as well as single-vehicle accidents. In the event of an accident, the injured party has the right to sue the person responsible for the accident for damages, but the plaintiff has to prove that person’s negligence. This means that in the event of a one-vehicle accident, the injured rider has the right to sue the snowmobile driver if the driver was being careless.

RV Accidents and Claims
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If you’re involved in a recreational vehicle accident, you should contact an accident attorney as soon as possible. An experienced accident attorney can help you file a lawsuit, overcome common problems with your claim, or reach a settlement with an insurance company. A top attorney for recreational vehicle accidents can help direct you down the right path.