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Can RV Operators Be Liable for Winter Auto Accidents in Wisconsin?

Posted on in Recreational Vehicle Accidents

Appleton, WI RV accident attorneyDuring the official camping season, it is not unusual to see recreational vehicles (RVs) flood the streets and campgrounds, especially on the weekends. However, because of their ability to be winterized, RVs can be utilized throughout the colder months as well. The phrase “recreational vehicle” is an umbrella term that includes campers, fifth wheel trailers, and motor homes. According to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), although RV accidents occur less frequently than car or semi-truck accidents, they can still cause property damage, serious injuries, and fatalities. If you or a loved one have been the victim of an RV accident, speaking with a personal injury attorney could help strengthen your claim for compensation.

Common Causes of RV Accidents

As with any motor vehicle accident, there are several factors at play when determining the cause of an RV crash. Among the many reasons that can be linked to an automobile collision, inclement weather conditions and a driver’s negligence are among the most common.

Per Wisconsin Department of Transportation regulations, an RV operator is not required to hold a CDL license, as long as the vehicle is no longer than 45 feet and is not used for commercial purposes. The most common causes of RV accidents include:

  • Reduced visibility due to larger blind spots
  • Negligent actions by the RV operator, such as drowsy, drunk, or distracted driving
  • Rollovers, which can occur due to icy or windy conditions  
  • Inexperienced driving habits, such as miscalculated stopping distances
  • Manufacturing or equipment defects

Who Can Be Held Responsible for an RV Accident?

Determining the at-fault party is the first step in the process of recovering compensation after an RV collision, and a skilled attorney can assist in gathering this evidence. Depending on the circumstances of the crash, the operator of the RV, the manufacturer, or an additional driver may be held liable. An attorney can help obtain police records, medical records, eyewitness accounts (if possible), and documentation of other accident-related expenses. When an RV wreck is caused by the careless actions of another individual, the victim may be entitled to restitution for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income, and other damages.

Contact an Appleton Recreational Vehicle Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one have been involved in an RV accident that resulted in serious injury or damage to your property, it is important to seek legal representation. At Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd., our team of knowledgeable Green Bay personal injury attorneys can work with you to help determine liability for your collision so you can receive compensation for any medical bills and/or lost wages. To schedule your free consultation, call us today at 920-739-7366.

Sources:

https://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/dmv/vehicles/title-plates/mobile-home.aspx

http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/340/01/48r

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