Many recreational vehicles are so large that they are basically small houses on wheels. In order to operate a vehicle of such size, a driver must be skilled and careful. Drivers should never operate an RV while under the influence of alcohol.
Recently in Minnesota, a 35-year-old man lost his life following an accident in which his car was rear-ended by a recreational vehicle. The driver of the RV, a 42-year-old man, is said to have consumed alcohol prior to the accident. Although at the time of this post an investigation was still underway, authorities expressed belief that alcohol contributed to the crash.
Reportedly, the accident occurred when the 35-year-old reduced speed to make a left turn. Apparently, the RV driver, who was approaching from behind, did not see the car and a collision ensued. The RV, which was described as a full-sized motorhome that was towing a trailer, drove over the car before flipping and ending up in a ditch. The 35-year-old later died from the injuries caused by the crash. The RV driver and another occupant on board the RV were not injured in the collision.
According to officials, the accident was totally avoidable because the intersection has a passing lane.
Alcohol and driving are a very dangerous combination. But when the vehicle being driven is extremely large and powerful, accidents could result in which victims suffer serious injuries. Those who choose to drive RVs owe it to all others on the road, as well as their passengers and themselves, to refrain from being impaired while behind the wheel.
If you should ever lose a loved one, or be injured yourself, in an RV accident, you may wish to have a personal injury attorney help you pursue compensation. The attorney could represent your interests as you work with insurance companies to receive fair recompense.
Source: KARE 11, "Man dies after car is rear-ended by motorhome," Aug. 24, 2015