Virginia RV accident lawyers
RVs, or recreational vehicles, can be a wonderful way to travel. You can camp without pitching a tent, and many use RVs to take long road trips with family and friends, experiencing all the amazing states and corners of this great country.
Unfortunately, RVs, like all other vehicles, carry some risk. In fact, RVs are actually more dangerous than the average passenger vehicle, and RV accidents can be alarmingly common.
The attorneys at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury law firm have years of experience working with accidents of all sizes. We know how traumatic serious collisions can be for victims, both physically and emotionally. That’s why we have dedicated ourselves to helping others collect the compensation they deserve. If you have been involved in an RV accident due to someone else’s negligence, contact us at (804) 413-6777.
While RVs can be a fun way to tour with family and friends, these vehicles can be rather dangerous. Different types of RV carry certain risks and dangers that other passenger vehicles don’t. Some common kinds of RV include:
- Truck campers
- Converted busses
These vehicles are often heavier than conventional passenger vehicles, as well as larger. This can make them difficult to control for inexperienced drivers, especially in poor weather conditions such as snow, heavy rain, or strong winds.
RVs are also often top-heavy. Cars usually have a lower center of gravity, meaning it takes a lot of force for them to flip or roll over. An RV’s center of gravity is often much higher, making them more prone to rollovers, which can cause extreme injuries and property damage.
RVs also have a higher risk of bridge collisions. Because RVs are so much taller than passenger vehicles, drivers may struggle to identify if a bridge is high enough to pass under, especially if the bridge is not properly marked. Bridge collisions can lead to the top of the recreational vehicle being shorn off, which then can result in injuries and trauma for those inside the vehicle. In addition, drivers atop the bridge may lose control of their vehicles as the force of the RV moves through the bridge.
While RVs are bigger than other passenger vehicles, and so the risk of injury is sometimes minimized, that doesn’t mean RV collisions aren’t just as dangerous as typical car accidents. Passengers in RVs may not be secured in their seats and may even be walking around the vehicle when an accident occurs, which can lead to traumatic injuries that otherwise would have been prevented by seatbelts.
On the other hand, when an RV collides with a smaller passenger vehicle, occupants in the smaller car can also suffer severe injuries. Because RVs are bigger than most other vehicles on the road, the risk of injury to those inside is lowered, as long as occupants are using proper safety gear such as seatbelts. But that doesn’t mean that injuries never happen, and it certainly doesn’t mean they can’t be devastating.
RV accidents, whether caused by the driver of the RV or a passenger vehicle, can occur due to a variety of reasons, including:
- Distracted driving
- Poorly maintained roads
- Intoxicated driving
- Improperly labeled roads
- Vehicle malfunction
No matter how your accident was caused, it is likely that you are feeling unsure and anxious, and you may be in a lot of pain.
Any vehicle accident presents the risk for extreme harm, RV accidents included. All vehicles are heavy, and they travel quickly. So when two collide, catastrophe often follows. The injuries you can sustain range from mild to severe.
We at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys have worked with victims of many types of vehicle accidents, and we have seen just how devastating these accidents can be. Some of the more common injuries we see with clients include:
- Internal damage
- Fractured, broken, or crushed bones
- Spine injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Loss of limb/amputation
- Skull fractures
- Nerve damage
Injuries, even more mild ones, can leave you traumatized. While it may not take you long to recover from your physical damage, it can take years to recover emotionally. On top of that, an RV accident can leave you with high medical bills and being out of work for some time, affecting your livelihood. You don’t deserve to suffer because of someone else’s negligence, which is why you should reach out to an experienced personal injury lawyer and discuss your case.
When considering filing a claim, something important to keep in mind is what costs you can be awarded. Typically, personal injury cases end with an insurance company paying out a settlement offer. If the offer is too low, negotiations will follow between the insurance adjuster and your attorney until a fair deal can be reached. However, some cases go to trial, where a judge or jury will decide the amount of money you will receive for your injuries.
Two types of costs can be awarded: economic and non-economic. Economic costs include any financial losses you have suffered due to the accident. Some prime examples are medical bills, lost wages, and any adjustments to your home, if you are left disabled. Non-economic costs include everything else that isn’t monetary. This way you can recover compensation for things like your emotional trauma, pain and suffering, as well as a lowered quality of life.
Even accidents that others see as mild can leave you with trauma, and we know that there is nothing “mild” about RV accidents. If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you deserve all the help you can get. We at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys are willing and happy to go to bat for you, to fight for you and your right to compensation. Contact us at (804) 413-6777 and find out how we can help you.
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- Safety Education
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- Annual Coat Drive
During the fall, our team works to distribute coats to people in need in our community.
- Hands-on Service
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- Supporting Local Schools
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