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How to Avoid Recreational Vehicle Accidents

Posted on in Recreational Vehicle Accidents

Illinios accident lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illnois personal injury attorney,Many people use recreational vehicles (RV) during the summer; the weather becomes warmer and many people use RVs for camping trips or long-distance travel. However, before you and your family or friends step into a recreational vehicle, it is essential to understand precautions that should be taken to ensure your and your passengers’ safety. The following includes some safety tips that should be adhered to when operating a recreational vehicle:

1. Maintain your propane tank. If left unchecked or not used properly, a propane tank can explode or overheat. Make sure your propane tank is regularly checked by a professional dealer and install a propane gas detector. Never paint your propane tank in a black color because then the tank will quickly absorb sunlight and become overheated.

2. Wear all required gear. Make sure you are wearing a helmet and any other appropriate gear when driving a recreational vehicle. Research indicates that the use of protective gear when driving or riding vehicles and bikes can decrease the likelihood of a serious or fatal injury in an accident.

3.  Follow the 20 percent rule. Because completely loaded vehicles take more time to come to a full stop than auto vehicles do, you should add 20 percent to every action you take while on the road. These actions include increasing your distance to other vehicles and safely merging into traffic.

4. Consistently check your vehicle. Make sure the vehicle’s tires have the correct pressure and check to see if the headlights and taillights of your vehicle are working properly. While it may seem insignificant, these small maintenance tasks can decrease your chances of getting into a vehicle crash or accident.

5. Avoid overloading the RV. Disproportionate weight on the vehicle can lead to limited and tight braking and steering. Following these tips are essential in securing your safety and the safety of other drivers. Take certain precautionary measures when sharing the road with recreational vehicles. When driving near an RV, avoid remaining in the vehicle’s blind spot, following them too closely, and cutting them off. A hit by an RV has more impact than a strike by a car, so be careful.

Contact a Lake County Personal Injury Lawyer

Sometimes, the number of safety measures you implement when driving a vehicle is not enough to prevent an accident. If you were involved in a vehicle crash or accident, contact our highly experienced Lake County personal injury attorneys today. We can help you pursue compensation for any injuries sustained in the accident and ensure you receive the damages you are entitled to.

Sources:

https://blog.nationwide.com/safe-driving-near-rvs/

http://www.nationalgeneral.com/rv-insurance/lifes-highway/rv-safety-essentials.asp#5

https://www.geico.com/information/safety/rv/

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