Motor homes or RV’s have seem to become more common on the roads, with many people choosing to hit the road in these increasingly larger and more luxurious vehicles.
Both retirees and vacationers enjoy the freedom these vehicles can give them to travel throughout the country in comfort and style. However, these large vehicles are often the size of large buses or even semi-trailer trucks yet have no special licensing requirements to get behind the wheel. It is the combination of size and inexperienced drivers that can make these vehicles a menace for those who must share the roads with them.Illinois RV Types & Classifications
Recreational vehicles or motor homes come in all sizes, from smaller “camper” vehicles to the large bus-shaped Class A varieties. All tend to be taller, wider and longer than most passenger vehicles; making them more difficult to maneuver and giving the drivers limited visibility. The different types of RVs that you will see on the road are:
- Class C. Most Class C RVs are built on what are referred to as a cutaway van chassis. These are often called “mini” motor homes and are easier to drive then the larger varieties. The front end looks and drives more like a truck or van.
- Class B. Class B motor homes are basically van campers and are also usually constructed on a van wheelbase like Class C RVs.
- Class A. For most people, when thinking of a RV, the Class A is what comes to mind. These are the most comfortable and luxurious but also the most dangerous on the road. They can be up to 45 feet long and 8.5 feet wide, often built on a bus chassis.
RVs, especially Class A, have all the same dangers as any large truck or bus on the road. In addition to risks due to size, weight and ability to stop or maneuver, RVs have the most risky element behind the wheel. While large commercial truck drivers must obtain training and a special license to drive and are routinely checked to ensure they adhere to DOT standards, RV drivers do not have any such requirements.
These large vehicles are much different to drive than any other car, truck or van that most people drive on a regular basis. Some specific differences that can lead to accidents are:
- Rollover tendency. Like any tall, narrow vehicle, RVs are much more likely to roll or tip over. Class A are especially susceptible to rollover due to their wheelbase when negotiating a curve or swerving to avoid an object on the road.
- Stopping distance. Class A RVs can range up to 30,000 pounds, putting them well into what is consider a “large truck” by transportation standards. This weight increases their stopping distance and force of impact.
- Visibility. Just like tractor-trailers and buses, drivers of RVs will have limited visibility of the other vehicles and pedestrians that may be on the road with them.
Other risks with these large motor homes are often related to driving any large vehicle safely. These heavy vehicles need regular maintenance to be safe, such as tire inspections and replacements.RV Accident Attorneys Serving The Entire State of Illinois
If you or a family member has been injured in an accident involving an RV or motor home, there may be extensive damage to both your property and person. These accidents can be extremely damaging due to the large size of the vehicle at fault. Do not rely on insurance companies to fairly pay you for your losses. At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, our RV accident lawyers we will negotiate with the insurance companies for you and are prepared to go to trial if necessary. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your RV accident and your options for recovery.
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