Recreational vehicles (RVs) and motorhomes are popular vehicles in Ohio. While RV and motorhome accidents are less common compared to other vehicle accidents, their size and weight can do a lot of damage.
RVs and motorhomes can be dangerous to passengers as well as other vehicles on the road. Here’s what you need to know about the most common motorhome and RV accidents, and how to protect yourself.
Common causes of RV and motorhome accidents
These are the most common accident causes:
- Strong winds: Large, high-profile vehicles are more susceptible to strong winds. While cars, pickups, SUVs, vans and motorcycles are relatively low to the ground, RVs and motorhomes are more likely to tip over or sway into another lane. It’s especially important to follow the speed limit during strong wind. Try to stay away from high profile vehicles if you’re in a smaller vehicle.
- Overloaded vehicles: Overweight vehicles, especially large ones, are more likely to experience tire blowouts or damage to the engine, transmission, braking system and frame. If you’re driving a motorhome or RV, make sure that you understand the gross vehicle weight ratings.
- Blind spots: Large vehicles have different blind spots than smaller, traditional vehicles. If you’re following or passing an RV or motorhome, be aware that the driver may not be able to see your vehicle. As a general rule of thumb, if you can see their side mirrors, they should be able to see you—but never pass on the right. If you’re driving an RV, consider taking safety courses, and always be aware of your blind spots.
- Driver error: Driver error can cause accidents in any type of vehicle. Speeding, driving while fatigued, distracted driving and simply miscalculating road hazards can present serious issues. Give large vehicles a wide berth when sharing the road, and remember that their size and weight means it takes longer for them to stop.
Other RV and motorhome injuries
While RV and motorhome collisions can be dangerous to everyone on the road, even single vehicle accidents can cause serious harm. Passengers in the front of the vehicle are typically protected by seatbelts and airbags. However, passengers in the rear are unlikely to have the same protection. If you’re involved in an accident while an unsecured passenger is in the vehicle, they could suffer serious harm—even ejection, in some rare cases.
Whether you’re an RV driver or passenger, or are simply sharing the road with large vehicles, safety should be your top priority.
Call an Ohio accident attorney today
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