CDLs (commercial drivers’ licenses) are specifically intended for commercial truckers, so even though these licenses are required for people who drive large commercial vehicles, there are very few instances where someone needs a CDL (or any additional licensing at all) to operate a Recreational Vehicle, more commonly referred to as an RV or motorhome. These large vehicles can be as large as a Greyhound bus in some cases, and a driver typically only needs additional licensure (typically a Class B CDL) when operating a motorhome that exceeds 26,000 lbs.
To realize the enormous size difference between a standard passenger vehicle and a 25,000 lb (under the CDL requirement) RV, consider this: a 2021 Ford F-150 weighs between 4,000 and 5,600 lbs, meaning that a driver can operate a vehicle up to 5x larger than this large passenger vehicle with zero additional training or certification. This can be a terrifying thing to think about while sharing the road with a large RV, and for good reason.
Contact BKBB For a Free Consultation After an RV Accident Today
If you have been involved in a crash with an RV, you already know the devastating effects that such an enormous vehicle can have. The team at BKBB can’t undo these effects, but we can build a comprehensive case to get you the money you deserve to ensure that you do not take on the financial impacts of someone else’s dangerous driving. RV insurance policies typically have higher policy limits for things like bodily injury liability and property damage liability, but these higher limits don’t mean that an insurer will voluntarily pay you what you are owed.
We offer a free consultation to victims of a range of personal injuries, including RV accidents, where we can discuss all of the specifics of the situation and provide legal advice and insights about how best to move forward. Insurance claims often do not seem complicated on the surface, but if you want to get the money you rightfully deserve, the process is extremely complex and best left to a professional — especially while you are trying to focus on recovering from your injuries.
Determining Fault After an RV Accident
One of the most important steps at the start of an accident claim is to clearly determine fault, which in turn will determine who is liable for the many damages resulting from the RV crash. In some cases, this can be a fairly straightforward process — especially with the help of things like dashboard cameras, eyewitness accounts, or a driver being cited or even arrested for a traffic violation — but other times can be extremely tricky to fully understand the cause.
The team at BKBB has years of experience representing different auto accidents, and understands the importance of this first step.
Most states use a law known as “comparative negligence” when assigning liability to different parties in an accident. With this law, each party can accept a percentage of liability and still be entitled to compensation. For example, if you are involved in an RV accident and you ultimately accept 10% fault due to the fact that you were driving above the speed limit, your final settlement will simply be reduced by that 10%.
The alternative to comparative negligence would bar a victim from compensation even if they were 1% responsible for the crash, so this law is extremely useful and helpful. It must be understood, though, that insurance companies are almost singularly focused on reaching the lowest settlement possible, meaning that they will often try to pin additional blame on a victim in order to reduce their financial obligation by a few more percentage points. Your RV accident attorney at BKBB will work diligently to ensure you do not accept any more fault than is reasonable for the accident.
Calculating Damages After an RV Accident
Determining fault and calculating damages are two essential steps in completing any sort of personal injury case, and may be done in tandem or separately. As long as it is clear that you are, in fact, the victim, your attorney will be able to pin down the details of your percentage of comparative fault as they calculate your damages.
Compensatory damages (the type a victim seeks in a personal injury case) are divided into two distinct subsections: economic and non-economic. Economic damages seek compensation for financially measurable impacts such as your medical bills and lost wages, while non-economic damages seek compensation for more abstract, non-financial impacts such as the actual pain and suffering your injuries have caused you, and the emotional trauma you endured through a collision with such an enormous vehicle.
There are many different compensatory damages that an experienced lawyer will identify, calculate, and negotiate a settlement payment for on your behalf, a number of which an inexperienced or distracted individual (such as someone who has been injured in an accident) may either overlook or not even realize are able to be included. We will handle this process while you focus on your recovery from your injuries and getting your life back on track.