Now that summer is here and pandemic restrictions are lifting, more people are taking their recreational vehicles out on the road. RVs are fun and convenient—especially when you’re not comfortable staying in hotels or camping—but they’re also awkward vehicles to drive.
If you’re driving on the roads alongside an RV, make sure to give them a wide berth. Even if the RV driver has been driving their vehicle for years, it doesn’t guarantee that they’re paying attention or can stop in time. Here are some of the most common causes of RV accidents, and what to do if you’re involved in one.
Common Causes of RV Accidents
- Fatigue or mind-altering substances. Everyone knows that they shouldn’t drink and drive, but when you’re driving a tall, heavy vehicle, it’s even more dangerous. Did you know that fatigue creates similar effects in drivers, too? If you see an RV driver swerving or otherwise driving abnormally, give them plenty of space. They might be completely sober, but there’s no sense in risking your safety.
- Since RVs are high profile vehicles, they’re especially susceptible to wind gusts. These can cause the RV to swerve and veer off in unexpected directions. When you’re driving in windy weather, avoid RVs whenever possible.
- Speeding, of course, is a major cause of any type of vehicle accident. We all know we’re not supposed to speed, but when you’re eager to get somewhere—or you’re just plain reckless—it’s hard to stop yourself from pushing the pedal to the metal. Remember to follow the speed limit and all traffic laws, whether you’re the RV driver or someone just trying to get around them. It’s better to get there late than not at all.
- Vehicle weight problems. There are weight limits for RVs, just like there are for trucks. A pound or two in either direction won’t make too much of a difference. However, if an RV is unevenly weighted, it can cause big problems. Not only will it damage the chassis and suspension, but it can affect how easily the driver can brake. While it’s hard to tell whether an RV is overloaded from the outside, you may be able to tell from their driving. It will look erratic.
If you’re in an RV accident, please make sure to document everything, call the police and discuss your case with a lawyer. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and property damage.
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