As spring gives way to summer, we can expect an increase in recreational vehicle (RV) traffic throughout Ohio and across the U.S. The presence of camper vans, motor homes and other types of RVs creates special risks on our highways. Raising awareness of these risks can help protect the lives of those in RVs and everyone they share the road with. Some of the unique dangers these vehicles pose include:
- Large blind spots: Despite technologies such as blind-spot detection and camera systems, most RVs have larger-than-average blind spots. Whether you are changing lanes or making a left turn at a busy intersection, this lack of vision can prove a dangerous obstacle.
- Increased braking distance: Due to the mass of RVs, their stopping distance is comparable to that of a semi-truck. The slightest inattention by an RV driver can create a high risk of rear-end collisions and other hazards.
- High center of gravity: The height to width ratio of RVs makes them prone to rollover accidents. Due to the size of an average RV, when one of them rolls over on a busy highway it puts traffic in all lanes at risk.
- Inexperienced drivers: You don’t need a special license to drive an RV. When people who are only used to driving conventional passenger vehicles suddenly find themselves behind the wheels of relative behemoths, inexperience can turn dangerous in an instant.
Seek legal help when necessary
If you have been injured in an RV accident, it is important to consult with a personal injury attorney who can handle complex claims involving serious injuries. We hope 2021 sees fewer RV accidents in Ohio and throughout all fifty states. When accidents do occur, we will be here to stand up for the injured.