Recreational vehicles (RVs) are a very popular choice for families desiring to travel across the United States. Choosing to use an RV for your vacation is a convenient and economical way to combine lodging and transportation. However, RV accidents are a real risk and it is important to be aware of defects that are resulting in catastrophic injuries and even death.
What is considered a recreational vehicle?
The term recreational vehicle is a broad category of motor vehicles which includes motor homes, truck campers, and sports utility trailers. Custom vans, ambulances, and limousines also fall under the category of recreational vehicles.
Risks posed by recreational vehicle defects
This is where the water gets muddy. Unlike passenger vehicles, there is little to no quality control for aftermarket RV manufacturers. In addition to the lack of quality control, RV manufacturers often operate without product testing. This practice is why there are so many common recreational vehicle defects that often include:
- Mechanical malfunction
- Fuel system defects
- Inherent instability
- Unsafe tires
- Incorrect wiring
- High rollover rates
- Fire hazards
Common injuries caused by recreational vehicle defects
Owners and operators of recreational vehicles are often seeking relaxation and a chance to go on adventures with their family. Unfortunately for some, faulty RVs have ruined their opportunity and caused very serious and life changing injuries or death.
Injuries due to defective RVs are often very serious and life changing. Common injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Severe burns
- Back and neck injuries
- Severed limbs
- Broken bones
- Torn ligaments
Seek help for injuries caused by recreational vehicle defects
While no one hopes to or chooses to go through serious accidents or injuries, there are steps you can take to try and keep yourself and your family safe while in your recreational vehicle.
- Stay informed on recalls that may affect your vehicle.
- Practice proper maintenance including inspecting hoses, belts, headlights, taillights, and tires.
- Inspect propane tanks regularly.
- Research your route for clearance heights.
- Be sure to inspect your RV for rodent or animal damage if stored for any length of time.
Consult a professional attorney now if you’ve been hurt by a defective recreational vehicle
If you or your loved one has been injured due to a defective recreational vehicle, then you need an experienced personal injury attorney to ensure your rights are protected. Contact us today for your free consultation at (877) 724-7800 or by filling out our free case evaluation. We will answer all of your questions, help you understand your legal rights, and make an informed decision about your future.