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Our California RV Accident Lawyers Turn Injured Victims Into Victors

Recreational vehicles (RVs) offer freedom and adventure on the open road, but they also come with inherent risks. These large, bulky vehicles can cause significant damage and injuries when accidents occur. At Arash Law, we recognize that RV-related incidents affect not only the victims but also their families. Our California RV accident lawyers are here to provide expert guidance and support during this challenging time. Call us now at (888) 488-1391 to schedule a free initial consultation.

From the rugged coastline of Big Sur to the iconic palm-lined streets of Los Angeles, the Golden State offers a diverse range of experiences for RV enthusiasts. However, RVs are not your typical passenger vehicles. Their imposing size requires skill and attention to maneuver safely, so collisions due to driver error are all too common.

If you or your loved one were injured in an RV accident anywhere in California, our lawyers are here to help. We will work tirelessly to ensure you receive the compensation you need to heal, both physically and emotionally. Let us handle the legal battle so you can focus on getting better.

How Can California RV Accident Lawyers Help You Secure Maximum Compensation?

RV accidents disrupt lives and leave lasting scars. Having to deal with the legal aspects of your claim can add significant stress to an already emotionally charged situation. Our RV accident lawyers in California can take the legal burden off your shoulders and ensure you receive what you’re rightfully entitled to.

Here’s how we can help you obtain the maximum possible compensation:

  • Investigate the Accident – Our lawyers will thoroughly investigate the accident to determine who was at fault. We’ll gather evidence, interview witnesses, and even work with accident reconstruction experts if necessary to build a strong case.
  • Assess the Value of Your Claim – Our lawyers know how to calculate the value of your claim accurately. On top of medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage, we’ll also consider long-term damages, such as rehabilitation and loss of earning capacity.
  • Negotiate with Insurance Companies – Insurers are known for trying to minimize payouts. We’re familiar with their tactics, and we know how to push back against lowball offers. Our lawyers will level the playing field and negotiate a fair settlement that reflects the full extent of your damages.
  • Litigation – Sometimes, negotiations don’t yield the desired outcome. In such cases, our California RV accident attorneys are ready to represent you in court. We’ll present evidence, cross-examine witnesses, and make compelling arguments to sway the judge or jury in your favor.

Our California Lawyers for RV Accidents Are Ready To Assist You

RV collisions are different from regular traffic accidents. They involve unique factors such as larger vehicles, complicated insurance issues, and life-altering injuries. You need lawyers in California with expertise in handling RV accident claims.

Here’s what our law firm brings to the table:

Experience You Can Trust

Our lawyers have many years of experience dealing with all types of accidents in California. We have a history of securing successful outcomes for our clients. Our lawyers will leverage our extensive track record to build the optimal strategy for your case.

Client-Centered Approach

We know that each case is unique, so we’ll tailor our services to meet your specific needs. Our RV accident lawyers in California will take the time to understand your situation. We’ll answer your questions honestly and ensure that your voice is heard throughout the process. If you have concerns, our team is always accessible. And if you can’t come to any of our offices for your onboarding process, we’ll visit you at home, at the hospital, or at any location you prefer.

Free Initial Consultation

We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case. This meeting is a no-pressure opportunity to learn about your rights and get a clear picture of your options.

Wondering if you have a valid claim? Fill out our “Do I have a case?” form.

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What Are RVs?

Recreational vehicles, or RVs as they are commonly known, offer a unique blend of transportation and accommodation, allowing people to travel at their own pace while carrying the comforts of a home.

Types Of RVs On The Road

Here’s a quick breakdown of the most common types of RVs:

  • Class A Motorhomes – These are the largest drivable RVs, often associated with luxury and comfort. They can sleep up to ten people and are equipped with residential appliances, upgraded flooring, and furniture.
  • Class B Motorhomes – Also known as campervans, these are the smallest drivable RVs. They’re easy to drive, can fit in standard parking spaces, and are equipped with small kitchens and flexible living and sleeping areas.
  • Class C Motorhomes – These are built on a van chassis with living space constructed around the cab. They are versatile, easy to drive, and the most-rented type of RV.
  • Fifth Wheels – These are the largest type of towable RV and are recognized by their distinctive front overhang.
  • Travel Trailers – These are towable RVs that come in various sizes and layouts.
  • Toy Haulers – These are a type of towable RV that includes a built-in garage for hauling bikes, ATVs, or other “toys.”
  • Pop-up Campers – These are lightweight, collapsible trailers that can be towed and expanded to provide ample living space.
  • Truck Campers – These are portable living units designed to be loaded onto, or affixed to, the bed of a pickup truck.
Impact And Usage

The RV market is on a steady climb, reaching a value of $47.47 billion in 2022. Analysts predict continued growth, with the market expected to reach $63.65 billion by 2030. This thriving industry supports nearly 600,000 jobs and contributes over $32 billion in wages. It also generates over $12 billion annually in tax revenue.

RVs attract a diverse range of buyers, from millennials seeking unique living experiences to retirees embracing a life on the road. They can be used in a variety of ways, with owners using them for road trips, camping, tailgating at events, and as mobile homes or offices.

Laws Relevant To RV Accidents In California

Here are some relevant laws concerning RV accidents our California lawyers have to consider:

  • Driver’s License – Generally, a standard driver’s license will do for most RVs. However, for larger Class A motorhomes, which can exceed 40 feet, a non-commercial Class A driver’s license is mandatory. A Class B license is required for single RVs with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) exceeding 26,000 pounds. Both licenses require drivers to pass an additional knowledge test and a skills demonstration.
  • Length – California has specific restrictions on vehicle length. Although there are some exceptions, the maximum length for a single-unit motorhome is 45 feet. If the motorhome is towing a trailer, the total combined length cannot exceed 65 feet.
  • Height – No vehicle or load can exceed a height of 14 feet.
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What Causes RV Accidents

What Typically Causes RV Accidents?

Here are some of the common causes of RV accidents:

  • Speeding – The size and weight of an RV make it difficult to stop or maneuver quickly at high speeds.
  • Driver Fatigue – Tired drivers may have slower reaction times and a reduced ability to assess situations quickly.
  • Reckless Driving – Tailgating, changing lanes without signaling, and ignoring traffic signs endanger everyone on the road.
  • Cargo Overloading – An overloaded RV can be difficult to control. The extra weight throws off the vehicle’s center of gravity, making it more prone to swaying and rollovers.
  • Miscalculated Stops and Turns – RVs require more distance to stop and wider areas to turn compared to regular vehicles. Misjudging these distances can result in accidents.
  • Blind Spots – RVs have larger blind spots than typical vehicles. If drivers fail to check them before changing lanes or turning, they can easily collide with other vehicles.
  • DUI – Alcohol or drugs can impair a driver’s ability to operate the vehicle safely.
  • Poor Road Conditions – Potholes or lack of proper signage can make it difficult for RV drivers to maintain control of their vehicles, especially if they’re unfamiliar with the terrain.
  • Powerful Winds – Due to their high profile (i.e., tall body and ample ground clearance), RVs are particularly vulnerable to powerful winds. In extreme cases, powerful winds can even cause an RV to tip over, especially if it is moving at high speeds or if it is improperly loaded.
  • Defective Components – Faulty brakes, defective tires, or a malfunctioning steering system can also lead to accidents.

Reach out to our experienced California lawyers if you find yourself injured in an RV accident for any of these reasons. We can help you determine liability, build a strong case, and ensure you receive just compensation for your losses.

Common Injuries From RV Accidents

Due to their size and weight, RV accidents can cause more severe injuries compared to regular car collisions. Here are some examples of these injuries:
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) – These types of injuries can result from a direct blow to the head or a sudden jolt that causes the brain to move within the skull. Severity can range from mild concussions to more serious conditions like seizures or long-term cognitive problems.
  • Nerve Damage – Nerves throughout the body can be stretched, compressed, or severed in an accident. Nerve damage can cause numbness, weakness, and even paralysis in severe cases.
  • Back Injuries – The sudden impact of an RV accident can severely strain the back, causing injuries to the discs, vertebrae, and ligaments.
  • Broken Bones – Fractures can occur in any part of the body but are most common in the arms, legs, ribs, and pelvis.
  • Burns – RVs often carry flammable materials like propane for cooking and heating, and a collision can damage these systems, leading to leaks and fires.
  • Soft Tissue Damage – Injuries to the muscles, ligaments, and tendons can cause pain, swelling, and reduced mobility.
  • Psychological Trauma – The stress and fear following a violent collision can lead to mental health issues like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression.
  • Wrongful Death – In the most tragic cases, an RV accident can result in fatalities.
Our expert lawyers can help you secure fair compensation after an RV accident in California. We’ll work with experts to understand the full extent of your injuries and how they will impact your future.

Who Is Responsible For A Recreational Vehicle Accident?

Liability refers to the legal responsibility one party has for the damages caused by an accident. In most cases, the driver who caused the incident is held liable. Our California lawyers specializing in RV accidents will do a thorough investigation to establish liability.
Driver’s Responsibility
An RV driver has a legal duty to operate the vehicle safely and responsibly. If the driver was drunk, distracted, or violated traffic laws, they would be held accountable.
Manufacturer’s Responsibility
Sometimes, the fault may lie not with the driver but with the vehicle itself. If the RV had a manufacturing defect that led to the accident, the manufacturer could be held responsible. Examples of such defects include faulty brakes or problems with the vehicle’s structure.
Rental Company’s Responsibility
If the RV was rented, the rental company could also share some responsibility. Rental companies are expected to keep their vehicles in safe working condition. If they fail to do regular maintenance and this leads to an accident, they could be held accountable.
How Is Liability Determined In An RV Accident in California?

Determining liability, or legal responsibility, in an RV accident boils down to negligence. Simply put, negligence means someone failed to act with reasonable care, and that failure caused the crash and your injuries. RV accident lawyers in California can help you understand negligence and determine if you have a case.

To prove negligence, you need to establish the presence of these four elements:

  • Duty of Care – This refers to the legal obligation one party has to avoid causing harm to another. All motorists have a duty of care to drive safely and follow traffic laws.
  • Breach of Duty – The other party violated this duty by driving recklessly, speeding, or otherwise behaving irresponsibly.
  • Causation – The other party’s breach of duty directly caused the accident.
  • Damages – You suffered damages, such as injuries, property damage, or lost wages, because of the accident.
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What Kind Of Compensation Is Available For Your RV Accident Claim?

Here are the different types of compensation you might be entitled to after an RV accident:
Economic Damages

An RV collision can cause significant financial strain. Compensation can include:

  • Medical Bills – These include past and future medical expenses related to your injuries, like doctor visits, medications, and physical therapy.
  • Lost Wages – If you miss work due to the accident, this type of compensation can cover the income you lose while recovering.
  • Vehicle Damage – This covers the repair or replacement of any personal belongings damaged in the accident.
Non-Economic Damages

RV accidents can leave a lasting impact that goes beyond finances. You may be entitled to compensation for the following:

  • Pain and Suffering – Covers the physical discomfort and emotional distress caused by the accident.
  • Loss of Enjoyment – Due to an injury you sustained in the accident, you are unable to participate in the activities you used to enjoy. These activities could be anything from hobbies and sports to simple daily tasks like gardening or playing with your kids.
  • Loss of Consortium – This refers to the negative effects an accident can have on a victim’s relationship with their spouse. It includes loss of companionship, affection, comfort, and sexual relations.
Punitive Damages

In rare cases where the other party acted with gross negligence or intentional misconduct, punitive damages might be awarded. These are meant to punish the at-fault party and deter similar behavior in the future.

Remember, every case is unique. Consult with our California RV accident attorneys to understand your situation and the types of compensation you might be entitled to. We will quantify and calculate your case to know how much you might get.

Steps To Take After An RV Accident

If you’re injured in an RV accident, stay calm and follow these steps our California attorneys recommend to ensure your safety and protect your rights.

  1. Ensure Safety First
    If possible, pull off the road safely. Turn on your hazard lights and set up cones if available. Check yourself and your passengers for injuries. If anyone needs medical attention, call 911 immediately.
  2. Contact the Authorities
    Once everyone is safe, call the police to report the accident. They will document the scene and gather information from all parties involved. They’ll also issue a police report, which will be crucial for any future claims.
  3. Seek Medical Attention
    Even if you feel okay initially, adrenaline can mask injuries. Get checked out by the paramedics dispatched to the scene. Follow up with a doctor as soon as possible. Early detection and treatment can prevent complications down the road.
  4. Document the Scene
    Take pictures and videos of the damages to your property, the RV, the other vehicle(s) involved, and the overall accident scene. Capture skid marks, debris, and any traffic signs or signals.
  5. Exchange Information
    Exchange contact details with all involved drivers, including names, phone numbers, driver’s license numbers, and insurance information. Get the names and contact information of any witnesses as well.
  6. Contact A Lawyer
    Our experienced California RV accident lawyers can review your case, determine fault, and ensure you receive fair compensation for your losses. Plus, we can deal with insurance companies on your behalf.

Is There A Time Limit To File An RV Accident Claim?

In California, you generally have two years from the date of an RV accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. This deadline, known as the statute of limitations, is crucial to understand. If you don’t file a lawsuit within the timeframe, you may lose the right to sue for compensation.

Time is of the essence after an accident. Witness memories can become fuzzy, and crucial details about the incident scene may be forgotten. Taking early action allows for a comprehensive investigation and a strong case. Our California personal injury lawyers can guide you through the legal process and ensure you don’t miss any critical deadlines.

California RV Accident Statistics

Here are some key RV accident statistics:

  • RVs typically weigh around 10,000 pounds, which is more than double the average weight of a standard car at 4,100 pounds. This substantial weight disparity implies that, in a collision, a standard car is likely to sustain more severe damage than an RV.
  • From 2018 to 2020, U.S. fire departments received an estimated average of 4,200 reports of RV fires each year. These fires led to an annual average of 15 civilian fatalities, 125 civilian injuries, and losses amounting to $60,300,000.
  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 49 motorhomes were involved in fatal crashes in 2021, representing 0.1% of all vehicle classes. Out of the 93 occupants involved in these collisions, 23 were killed.
Frequently Asked Questions About RV Accidents
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What Are Some Concerns About Driving A Recreational Vehicle?

Here are some safety concerns about driving RVs:

  • RVs handle differently than regular cars. Their height and weight require extra caution when maneuvering, especially on narrow roads or mountain passes. The driver needs to know the height clearance of roads, service station canopies, bridges, and low-hanging obstacles such as tree branches.
  • California's coastal regions and desert areas are prone to strong winds. High winds can significantly affect RV handling.
  • RVs are significantly heavier than regular cars. The engine has to work harder to maintain momentum on steep inclines, especially if the RV is overloaded. This can lead to slower climbing speeds and increased strain on the engine.
  • Descending steep declines presents a different challenge. The added weight of the RV can make braking less effective, increasing the risk of overheating the brakes or losing control entirely.

In case you’re injured in an RV accident in California, our lawyers can help you deal with the claims process, negotiate with insurance companies, and build a strong case.

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How Much Do Accident Attorneys Charge In California?

Most RV accident lawyers in California, including our team, work on a contingency fee basis. Our fee will be a percentage of the compensation you receive or are awarded in court. Under this arrangement, there is no upfront cost. You don't pay by the hour or for casework until we win.

Contingency fees make legal representation more accessible, especially for those facing significant losses after an accident. Furthermore, your lawyer takes on the financial risk of your claim. They only get paid if they win, so they’re incentivized to fight hard for the best possible outcome.

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What Is Pure Comparative Negligence?

California follows a legal principle called pure comparative negligence. Under this system, even if you were partly responsible for the accident, you may still be entitled to compensation. Let's say the court finds you 30% at fault and an RV driver 70% at fault. You can still file for a claim, but your settlement amount would be reduced by 30%. If your total damages are $20,000, you will receive $14,000.

Consult With Our California RV Accident Attorneys To Get Your Case Reviewed Free Of Charge!

When you’re injured in an RV accident, you need to have experienced legal advocates on your side. Our team at Arash Law is ready to provide the legal support you need. Our California RV accident attorneys will work tirelessly to protect your rights and help you return to a normal life. We’ll fight tooth and nail to secure the maximum compensation you deserve.

Remember, an ​​accident shouldn’t put your life on indefinite hold. Contact us now for a free initial consultation. Our lawyers will meticulously review your case and answer any questions you may have. Our proven track record speaks for itself — we deliver results.

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