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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:

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Green Bay ATV injury lawyerOn Wednesday, March 20, 2019, a St. Germain man was found dead after a snowmobile accident. The accident occurred when the 62-year-old snowmobiler collided with a vehicle. This incident was a tragic reminder of the risks people face when operating recreational vehicles. 

Here in the state of Wisconsin, we are fortunate to have access to some of the country’s greatest natural landscapes. From Governor Dodge State Park to Lake Winnebago, the recreational opportunities are seemingly endless. With so many fantastic outdoor options, it should come as no surprise that thousands of Wisconsin natives choose to purchase and ride recreational vehicles. However, accidents often occur when using vehicles such as snowmobiles or ATVs, and victims should be sure to understand their options for pursuing compensation for their injuries. 

Snowmobile Accidents

Today, many snowmobiles can weigh more than 600 pounds and travel at speeds as high as 90 mph. Due to the sheer weight and speed of these vehicles, injuries can be incredibly severe. Over 14, 000 Americans are injured in snowmobile accidents each year, and tragically, an estimated 200 people die in collisions throughout the United States on an annual basis. 

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Green Bay snowmobile accident attorneys, wisconsin snowmobile accidentRecreational activities, like snowmobiling, have become extremely popular among Americans. Unfortunately, recreational pastimes can also result in severe injury or even death because they often take place on dangerous terrain, and passengers are often unprotected. In fact, statistics show that snowmobiling causes approximately 200 deaths and 14, 000 injuries in the United States each year. If you are planning to ride, know how to reduce your risk, and learn what you should do, should a snowmobiling accident occur.

Preventing the Leading Causes of Snowmobile Deaths and Injuries

According to a 2003 Oneida Healthcare Center study, most snowmobile accidents can be attributed to preventable causes, such as excessive speeding, alcohol consumption, driver inexperience, and poor judgement. Moreover, the majority of severe or fatal head injuries can be attributed to lack of helmet use. To prevent injuries and deaths from these common causes (as well as any others) riders should follow the basic rules of safety, including:

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