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Recreational Vehicle Accidents

Whether you call them campers, motor homes, or just plain old RVs, recreational vehicles can be great fun to rent or buy for traveling cross-country or taking weekend trips right here in the Hudson Valley. At the same time, however, driving an RV is not like driving any other vehicle; handling a 45-foot long, 8.5-foot wide, 20,000-pound behemoth can be challenging for even the most experienced driver, yet New York drivers can operate an RV with nothing more than a standard driver’s license in most instances, no experience required.

If you’ve been hurt in a crash with a recreational vehicle, or while driving or riding in an RV, you’ll benefit from the assistance of a dedicated personal injury attorney who is skilled and experienced in handling a wide range of motor vehicle accident claims. At Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP, you’ll find the depth of experience you need combined with the compassion you deserve to help you get the right care and compensation to make up for the harm inflicted on you by another driver’s negligence. For help after a recreational vehicle accident in Kingston, Marlboro, or throughout the Hudson Valley, contact our office for a free consultation and immediate assistance from our experienced New York personal injury lawyers.

The Reality of Recreational Vehicle Accidents

Recreational vehicles like motorhomes are a popular means of enjoyment in the Hudson Valley. However, the diverse terrain and weather conditions, coupled with the increasing popularity of these vehicles, can lead to accidents. These incidents may result from a variety of factors, including driver inexperience, mechanical failures, and environmental conditions.

Whether built on a van chassis or something large, RVs tend to have a high center of gravity that contributes to their difficulty in handling and maneuverability and also makes them prone to a devastating rollover crash after a hard impact with another vehicle or fixed object, or when encountering a turn in the road, tire failure, or heavy wind.

Improperly loaded or overloaded RVs can also lead to vehicle instability or mechanical problems including tire blowouts and engine or axle failure. If the RV is unbalanced, the driver is prone to lose control of the vehicle as well.

Drivers who are not accustomed to operating a recreational vehicle can be challenged by the blind spots and handling issues that come with driving an RV. Common driving mistakes associated with RV crashes include failing to account for the extra stopping distance required, making turns too sharply or at too high a speed, and overloading their camper. All the common driver errors associated with car accidents, such as speeding, distracted driving, drowsy driving, and drinking and driving, are further compounded by the size and weight of an RV, making any crash much more significant and likely to result in serious injury or worse.

Legal Expertise in Motor Vehicle Accident Claims

Our team at Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP, is well-versed in the specific legal considerations surrounding diverse vehicle accidents. Based on decades of experience, we understand that every case is unique and understand how RV accidents can involve intricate aspects of personal injury law, including liability issues, insurance claims, and compensation for injuries and damages. You can count on our team to take a comprehensive approach to your accident claim, including:

  • Liability Assessment: Determining who is at fault in a recreational vehicle accident is crucial. Our legal team meticulously examines the details of each case, considering factors like vehicle maintenance, operator error, and environmental conditions.
  • Insurance Negotiations: Navigating insurance policies and claims is often complex in recreational vehicle accidents. We advocate for our clients to ensure fair treatment and proper compensation from insurance companies.
  • Compensation for Damages and Injuries: Our attorneys are dedicated to securing compensation that covers medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages resulting from the accident.

Why Choose Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP?

  • Experience and Knowledge: Our firm has a longstanding history in the Hudson Valley, equipping us with unique insights into local traffic laws and court rules when it comes to pursuing compensation for personal injury claims.
  • Client-Centered Approach: We prioritize our clients’ needs and goals, offering personalized legal strategies and compassionate support throughout the legal process.
  • Proven Track Record: Our history of successful case outcomes speaks to our capability and commitment to achieving justice for our clients.

Contact Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP for Help After a Recreational Vehicle (RV) Accident in Kingston and Ulster County

If you or a loved one has been involved in a recreational vehicle accident in the Hudson Valley, Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP is here to help. Contact our offices in Kingston (845-331-4100), Marlboro (845-236-4411), or toll-free at 800-566-4101 for a free consultation to discuss your case and explore your legal options. Our team is dedicated to guiding you through the legal process with expertise and empathy.

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