Were you recently injured in an accident involving a recreational vehicle in Los Angeles, CA? You may be entitled to financial compensation. An experienced Los Angeles recreational vehicle accident lawyer at M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers can help you seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and more.
With over 100 years of combined experience, you can count on us to pursue every avenue to maximize your settlement or verdict. Since we were founded in 2013, we’ve recovered over $400 million for our injured clients.
It’s never too early to start building your case. Call our law firm in Los Angeles, California at (877) 300-4535 or contact us now to schedule a free consultation today.
How M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help After a Recreational Vehicle Accident in Los Angeles
You didn’t expect to be involved in an accident. Now, you’re struggling with painful injuries and sky-high medical bills. If you didn’t cause the accident, the law says you shouldn’t be left to pay the bills.
Unfortunately, accident victims often have a hard time recovering the fair compensation they deserve. Insurance companies know how to downplay your losses. They may even blame you for the accident.
At M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers, our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys have decades of collective experience helping clients navigate personal injury claims. We’ve been listed as Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” and won the Avvo Client Choice Award for our exceptional client service.
Most importantly, we’ve recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for accident victims throughout Los Angeles.
Count on our team to:
- Determine the cause of your crash
- Find out who is liable for your damages
- Hire experts and specialists to support your negligence claim
- Calculate the fair value of your case
- Defend you if you’re blamed for causing the crash
- File a claim and handle all insurance negotiations on your behalf
Getting hurt is never easy. Our Los Angeles recreational vehicle accident attorneys can make it easier to recover fair compensation. Give us a quick call today for a free case evaluation to learn more.
How Common Are Recreational Vehicle Accidents in Los Angeles, CA?
A recreational vehicle is a vehicle designed to provide temporary, mobile lodging. RVs can be towed by a truck or self-propelled.
Common examples of recreational vehicles include:
- Travel trailers
- Pop-up vans
- Fifth-wheel trailers
Recreational vehicles and campers are extremely popular in Los Angeles and San Diego. RVs give people the freedom to explore the state without worrying about hotel reservations. Unfortunately, they can be extremely dangerous in an accident.
According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) data, 75,000 people were injured in RV accidents in one year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported 117 fatal recreational vehicle accidents in 2019 alone.
What is My Los Angeles Recreational Vehicle Accident Case Worth?
In most personal injury cases, the amount of money you take home depends on the severity of your injuries. However, many different factors can impact how much your personal injury claim is worth.
Examples of relevant factors include:
- The cost of your medical treatment
- Whether you’ll require significant future medical care or rehabilitation
- Whether your injuries are temporary or permanent
- Your lost wages and out-of-pocket expenses
- Your physical suffering and emotional trauma
- The strength of your negligence claim
No two cases are exactly the same. That doesn’t mean the insurance company won’t try to use a cookie-cutter approach to determine your case value. They’ll do whatever they can to pay less than you deserve.
Our RV accident lawyers in Los Angeles can help show the big picture. We’ll carefully evaluate your unique circumstances to show how the injury changed your life. With that information, we’ll be well-positioned to demand the maximum compensation you deserve.
What Types of Damages Are Available to Recreational Vehicle Accident Victims?
As an accident victim, you shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s mistake. California personal injury laws are designed to make you whole again after an accident.
Victims are entitled to seek compensation for both economic damages and non-economic damages, including:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost future earning capacity
- Nursing care
- Medications and medical devices
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Diminished quality of life
- Anxiety and depression
- Loss of consortium
If the RV crash was fatal, you may be entitled to compensation for funeral costs, burial expenses, and other damages for wrongful death.
Can I Recover Damages If I’m Being Blamed for a Recreational Vehicle Accident in California?
You may be entitled to damages even if you were partly responsible for an RV accident. California has a pure comparative negligence law. Financial responsibility is allocated between all responsible parties after an accident.
For example, liability may be assigned to:
- The RV manufacturer
- Manufacturers of defective RV components
- RV rental companies
- Maintenance companies
- Trucking companies
- Employees of negligent parties
- Government agencies
- The RV driver
- Other drivers
The victim can also share blame for the accident. As the victim, your settlement or verdict will be reduced in proportion to your percentage of fault. So, if you were 20% responsible, you’re only entitled to take home 80% of your settlement.
If you contributed to an accident, it’s important to consult an experienced lawyer right away. Our RV accident attorneys in Los Angeles know how to stop the insurance company from falsely accusing you – and how to downplay your role in the accident.
We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation for All of Your Recreational Vehicle Accident Injuries
RVs are usually larger and heavier than traditional passenger vehicles. That means they’re capable of causing more serious damage when they’re involved in an accident. You deserve fair compensation, whether you were injured as an RV passenger, driver in a passenger vehicle, or even as a pedestrian.
At M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers, we’ll fight to secure fair compensation for all of your injuries, including:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Burns and road rash
- Broken bones
- Nerve damage
- Soft tissue damage
- Concussions and other head or neck injuries
- Internal injuries and organ damage
- Crushing injuries
- Catastrophic injuries
- Wrongful death of a loved one
Your compensation award can be the key to getting the quality medical care you deserve. To learn more about how our recreational vehicle accident attorneys can help, call for a free case review today.
What Causes Most Recreational Vehicle Accidents in Los Angeles, California?
Not all RV operators have a specialized driver’s license. Licensing requirements in California generally depend on the size and weight of the recreational vehicle. Often, drivers fail to obtain the commercial driver’s license (CDL) needed to safely operate the vehicle. So, it’s no surprise that many RV accidents occur because of driver error.
Some of the most common causes of RV accidents in Los Angeles include:
- Inexperienced RV operators
- Distracted driving
- Fatigued driving
- Excessive speeds
- Failure to account for longer stopping distances
- Dangerous turns
- Failure to check the vehicle’s blind spots
- High winds and other adverse weather conditions
- Failure to safely attach a trailer
- Drunk driving
- Overloading the RV
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- The vehicle’s high center of gravity, which increases the risk of rollovers
- Improperly attached trailers
- Aggressive driving behaviors
- Unsafe passing and lane changes
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Driving under the influence of drugs
- Road hazards, including sharp turns
Accidents can also happen because the RV owner or rental company fails to maintain the vehicle. Defective vehicle components, including worn tires and faulty brakes, can easily cause an accident.
How Do I Prove Negligence After a Recreational Vehicle Accident in California?
While police and accident reports can be helpful, they aren’t always enough to prove fault. In most cases, the victim will have to prove negligence to recover fair compensation.
There are four elements to a successful negligence claim:
- Duty: the at-fault party owed you a legal duty of care
- Breach: the defendant’s careless or reckless acts amounted to a breach of duty
- Causation: the breach directly caused the accident
- Damages: you sustained some type of injury or loss due to the accident
Negligence claims are common. That doesn’t mean it’ll be easy to prove your case. Our lawyers will conduct a thorough investigation.
We’ll locate any available evidence, including:
- Video surveillance footage
- Dashcam footage
- The RV maintenance and inspection reports
- Medical records
- Accident reports
We may also bring in accident reconstruction specialists to help us better understand data from the accident scene itself.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Recreational Vehicle Accident in California?
State law limits the amount of time you have to file a personal injury lawsuit after an accident. In California, the statute of limitations in most personal injury cases is two years. If you don’t file a lawsuit within two years of the accident, you lose your right to sue for damages.
Motor vehicle accidents happen every day in L.A. Unfortunately, recreational vehicle accident claims can be particularly complex. If you were injured in an RV crash, call M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Los Angeles recreational vehicle accident lawyer.
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