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
- 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!