RVs are a fun way to drive from Hollywood to other destinations in South Florida or across the country. Many South Florida residents love trailers and RVs because they combine a mode of transport and accommodation, making travel more affordable and convenient.
However, RVs also pose dangers. These larger vehicles are difficult to handle in many cases and come with many more blind spots than passenger cars. They are bulkier to maneuver and may stop differently when compared with cars. In addition, many drivers do not get training on driving these larger vehicles.
RVs also come with some unique dangers. For example, they can overheat and explode or burst into flames due to problems with electrical systems or due to incorrect storage of propane or other fuels.
As a result, it’s not surprising that Hollywood RV collisions and injuries occur each year. Collisions with RVs can occur due to blind spots, driver inattention and driver inexperience. In addition, damages can occur inside the RV due to the negligent actions of others.
To drive your RV safely and to prevent accidents both on the road and while you are parked, there are a few things you will want to do:
- Learn to drive your RV. RVs handle very differently from cars and have many more blind spots. Consider driving with a professional instructor or at least practice in low-traffic conditions before you hit the road on a trip.
- Make sure the driver is 100% focused on the road. It is best to exchange RV driving duties with someone else occasionally, so that the person behind the wheel can stay alert and can get proper rest. Never drive distracted or under the influence.
- Travel light. Never overpack your RV. Not only does to cut down on visibility even more, but it affects how the vehicle handles. Make sure the weight is evenly distributed over the vehicle and ensure windows are not blocked up.
- Maximize visibility. Use a rear-view camera and adjust your mirrors so you can see as much as possible when backing up, parking and driving.
Preventing Other Injuries
RV collisions are not the only dangers with these larger vehicles. You will want to prevent injuries while you’re parked by following these tips:
- Store possessions securely. Don’t leave out items which can fall on the floor, become projectiles, or can become a tripping hazard.
- Always leave the exits to your trailer or RV unblocked so you can get out quickly in the event of a fire or accident.
- Get familiar with the manual for your RV and follow all instructions carefully.
- Have your RV checked before the start of the season or before a long trip. Check that the axle hubs are in good order, tires are properly inflated and aligned and that the water lines and electrical systems are isolated. Also, ensure the electrical system is working correctly to prevent any electrical fires.
- Keep fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide detectors in your RV or trailer and check them regularly. In this smaller safe, these simple safety devices can save lives.
- Check your propane fittings carefully and regularly. Any leaks can cause fires or explosions.
If you have been injured in an RV accident anywhere in South Florida and believe your injuries were caused by your RVs manufacturing defects or by the negligence of another individual or company, contact Flaxman Law Group at 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN) for a free consultation with a Hollywood personal injury attorney.