Enid Recreational Vehicle Accident Attorneys Skilled at Damages Recovery
Established Oklahoma law firm seeks fair settlements for injured victims
Recreational vehicles such as mobile homes and trailers are large, heavy and difficult to navigate, making them prone to accidents — often deadly ones. RVs of varying types were involved in 413 fatal accidents during the years 2008 to 2017, according the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. At Long, Claypole & Blakley Law, PLC in Enid, our attorneys represent drivers, passengers and others injured in Oklahoma accidents involving RVs. We collect evidence and build cases meticulously to demonstrate the full financial and emotional impact of injuries suffered. In settlement negotiations and at trial, we assert our clients’ rights to fair monetary damages.
Experienced attorneys demonstrate fault in RV collisions and rollovers
Recreational vehicles come in many shapes and sizes, from small, towable trailers and campers to large motorhomes. They generally lack the structural stability of smaller vehicles, which along with their size and weight makes them more difficult to maneuver, harder to stop promptly and easier to roll over or go off the road. Common causes of RV accidents include:
- Inexperienced drivers — No special license or training is required to operate an RV in Oklahoma or in most other states, so countless unprepared drivers hit the road every year.
- Driver fatigue — RV operators sometimes are sleep-deprived due to their desire to make good time over long distances, leading to the danger of falling asleep at the wheel.
- Blind spots — RV drivers have more and larger blind spots behind and to the sides than do smaller vehicles, making lane changing more hazardous.
- Speeding — Even more so than with smaller vehicles, speeding in an RV can lead to serious or fatal accidents.
- Inadequate braking distance — RVs need more space to slow down or come to a stop. Following another vehicle too closely or misjudging the distance to an exit can force the driver to slam the brakes, leading to an accident and/or a jackknife if a trailer is being pulled.
- Miscalculated curves — Going too fast around a curve, especially one that is sharp or not sufficiently banked, can cause an RV to roll over or to leave the road and crash.
- Mishandled turns — RVs generally need to take wider, slower turns due to their length and/or attached trailers. Failure to do so can cause the vehicle to go off-road or collide with traffic.
- Unsafe or excessive cargo load — An RV that is overloaded or unevenly loaded is more unstable and thus harder to control and more susceptible to rolling over.
- Tire blowout — A popped tire may send an RV off the road or into another lane, endangering the occupants as well as nearby drivers and pedestrians.
- High winds — Lighter RVs have a greater chance of being toppled by strong winds when traveling at highway speeds.
If you or a family member has been hurt in any RV-related accident, our personal injury attorneys are ready to pursue the appropriate legal remedies. This includes claiming against the at-fault driver’s insurance policy and filing a lawsuit alleging negligent operation of the vehicle. Other parties may also be liable for damages, such as those involved with the maintenance or loading of the vehicle that caused the accident.
Contact determined Oklahoma personal injury attorneys to schedule a consultation
The recovery process after an RV accident can feel all-consuming. The caring attorneys at Long, Claypole & Blakley Law, PLC in Enid represent victims in pursuit of money damages for their losses. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 580-599-0191 or contact us online. We represent clients in Garfield County and across the state.