Recreational vehicles are often rented for summer or holiday season getaways. Most young people prefer recreational vehicles because of its convenience, popularity, and prestige. However, recreational vehicles, which are often bigger, are more prone to roll over accidents - in addition to its heavier mass, which aggravates the impact during collision.
The compensation claim for injuries in a Recreational vehicle is the same as those of cars. The State and Federal laws have no special laws for RVs.
If you happen to spoil your summer or vacation getaway with an unlikely accident, follow these guidelines:
1. Call 911 immediately. Answer all questions sufficiently and accurately as much as possible. You may be asked about your exact location and how many casualties or fatalities are there in the accident.
2. If you are able, try to assess your passengers' conditions. If your car is in a roll over situation, find ways to exit the RV immediately. Roll over RVs usually explode in fires. Assist your passengers out of the car. Be careful in moving them as it may worsen broken or fractured bones.
3. Assess the condition of the other car. Check if there are injured people and help them get out of the car. Be very careful when doing this, especially if the car is in an upturn position. It may also explode in fires as with your own car. If the risk is higher, try to call other sources of help such as the paramedics, firefighters, police, ambulance, or any residents nearby to help you.
4. If there are minor injuries to both parties, and if you are the offender; disclose yourself immediately and negotiate how you can settle compensation for the damages. Never run. Stop and show your identification card, license, and proof of financial responsibility such as insurance card. If the police came, coordinate with the initial investigation, and be willing to spend extended hours in the street or in the police station.
5. Call your lawyer simultaneously while doing steps 1 to 4. You need your lawyer to guide through the above process. He or she may give you advice and specific legal instructions that may help you in surviving this catastrophic event. Your lawyer may also guide you on appropriate legal statements that you need to cite before an investigator or a police officer. The proof of financial responsibility or your insurance card can save you from expensive fines and imprisonment.
Assert your willingness to compensate for the damages, and honestly state what transpires during the accident. Your cooperation and transparency in the investigation will lessen your penalties in court. If you are able to extend financial help to the offended family through assistance in the hospital bills; there is a big possibility that the family will opt not to pursue their lawsuit against you. Relax, and cooperate with your lawyer throughout this process.