San Francisco RV Accident Lawyers

Recreational vehicles (RV) are great for people who love to travel and spend time visiting new places while being on the road. However, due to their large size and weight, they can be extremely dangerous to other passenger vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians. In fact, RVSEF data indicates that 51% of RVs exceed one or more safety ratings.

Some of the most common factors that can cause RV accidents include:

  • Mechanical failure
  • Capacity overload
  • Poor tire pressure
  • Poor vehicle maintenance
  • Fatigued drivers
  • Reckless driving

If you or your loved ones have been involved in a RV accident, contact the San Francisco RV accidents lawyers at Scarlett Law Group today. We may be able to earn you compensation for any expenses that accumulate as a result of the accident.

The Dangers of Vehicle Overloading

The fact is that motorhomes are not built symmetrically. The RV should be loaded equally on both sides. Motorhomes are equipped with slide outs, generators, refrigerators, holding tanks, fuel and water tanks, and much more. The only way to properly weigh a motorhome to ensure that you are within your tire ratings is to weigh it by individual wheel position. Once you have done this, you can refer to the load/inflation table to determine the correct inflation pressure for your tires.

If the load on a tire is greater than the maximum rating shown on the sidewall, you must correct the situation. This can be done by reducing the load on the tire, either by unloading or redistributing the equipment in the coach, or by upgrading to tires with a higher load capacity.

Overloading can have serious consequences in terms of passenger safety. Too much weight for an RV’s suspension system can cause spring, shock absorber or brake failure, handling or steering problems, irregular tire wear, tire failure, or other damage. An overloaded vehicle is hard to drive and hard to stop. In cases of serious overloading, brakes can fail completely, particularly on steep hills.

Overloading an RV with underinflated tires can be catastrophic. In such case abnormal tire flexing occurs, which can generate an excessive amount of heat within the tire. Excessive heat may exceed the tire’s capabilities, which may lead to tire failure.

When parking your RV for extended periods of time, it is important to make sure that the vehicle is as level as possible to avoid tire overload due to weight transfers apart from convenience and comfort. On RVs without built-in leveling devices, block the low wheel positions.

Extreme caution must be taken to ensure that the tires are fully supported when using blocks. The load on the tire must be evenly distributed on the block and, in the case of duals, evenly distributed on blocks for both tires. If this isn’t done properly, tires can get damaged, leading to premature sidewall fatigue and ultimate tire failure.

Why Should You Contact a San Francisco RV Accident Attorney

RV accidents can cause serious injury or fatalities to other people in passenger vehicles involved in these types of accidents. As a result, these accidents result in necessary medical attention and services. A seasoned car accident lawyer may be able to help you recover compensation for the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Doctor visits
  • Medication expenses
  • Physical therapy
  • Hospitalization
  • Emotional distresses
  • Loss wages
  • And more

How Scarlett Law Group Can Help

With over two decades of experience in personal injury and catastrophic injury cases, Scarlett Law Group has won their clients millions of dollars in compensation. Our firm puts an aggressive and confident team on your side every time. In addition, we care about our clients inside and outside the courtroom and ensure you are getting the care that you need throughout the process. Call our firm today. We are ready to go above and beyond for you to give you the justice you deserve.

To discuss you case, contact the catastrophic injury lawyers at Scarlett Law Group today!

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