Recreational vehicles are becoming more popular in Dallas, Texas, as people choose them for alternative housing or inexpensive, flexible travel options. With more recreational vehicles on the road, your risk of being involved in a recreational vehicle accident increases. Unfortunately, recreational vehicle accidents can cause catastrophic injuries and damages.
Our Dallas recreational vehicle accident attorneys at Anderson Injury Lawyers understand the complexities of these cases. Using our considerable experience handling thousands of personal injury cases, we fight to recover maximum compensation for your injury claim.
How Anderson Injury Lawyers Can Help if You’ve Been Injured in a Recreational Vehicle Accident in Dallas
You could be entitled to hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation for a recreational vehicle accident claim. However, the insurance company and the at-fault party won’t make it easy. Their goal is to avoid paying you a fair settlement for your injuries.
At Anderson Injury Lawyers, we aggressively pursue settlements and jury verdicts that compensate our clients for all damages. Since opening our law firm in 2007, our legal team has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients.
We have two board-certified personal injury attorneys on our team. Our founding lawyer, Mark Anderson, is Board Certified in personal injury trial law.
The National Trial Lawyers and Super Lawyers have recognized our attorneys for exceptional legal services. In addition, Anderson Injury Lawyers has a 10.0 Superb Rating from Avvo.
When you hire our top-rated Dallas personal injury lawyers, you can trust that we will:
- Investigate the recreational vehicle accident to determine what factors contributed to the cause of the crash
- Identify all parties who could be liable for your damages
- Work with experts and accident reconstructionists, as necessary
- Document your damages, including economic and non-economic losses
- Fiercely pursue settlements and jury verdicts for the total value of your case
- File a lawsuit and take your case to court, if necessary
You do not have to deal with a recreational vehicle accident in Dallas, Texas, alone. At Anderson Injury Lawyers, we are ready to provide trusted legal advice, support, and guidance as you work to get your life back to normal after a tragic accident.
We accept cases on a contingency fee basis, so we are not paid until we win or settle your case. Call now for a free case evaluation from a Texas recreational vehicle accident attorney.
What Is Considered a Recreational Vehicle in Texas?
A recreational vehicle or RV is a motor vehicle with sleeping quarters. However, they are not intended for use as a permanent residence. Instead, RVs are used for camping, travel, and other recreational uses.
Recreational vehicles include:
- Fifth-wheel campers
- Caravan trailers
- Toy haulers
Recreational vehicles must measure at least 400 square feet. An RV can be driven or towed.
Common Causes of Dallas Recreational Vehicle Accidents
The factors that contribute to the cause of a recreational vehicle accident are similar to the causes of other motor vehicle accidents. Negligence is often involved in the cause of an RV accident.
Common reasons for RV accidents in Dallas include:
- Inexperienced drivers
- Tire blowouts
- Speeding and reckless driving
- Unbalanced loads and overloading
- Failing to repair and maintain a recreational vehicle
- Distracted driving
- Fatigued and drowsy driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
- Failing to follow Texas traffic laws
The parties responsible for causing the crash can be liable for damages. RV drivers are often to blame for causing accidents. However, RV manufacturers, maintenance facilities, other drivers, government agencies, and other parties could share liability for an RV accident.
RVs are involved in all types of traffic accidents, including rollovers, head-on collisions, sideswipe accidents, rear-end crashes, and multiple-vehicle accidents. The type and severity of the accident directly impact the injuries sustained by the accident victims.
Damages You Can Receive for a Dallas Recreational Vehicle Accident Claim
Accident victims can recover compensatory damages for their financial losses, pain, and suffering. Examples of economic damages caused by a recreational vehicle crash include:
- Past and future medical bills
- Household services
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Past and future lost wages
- Physical therapy and other rehabilitative therapies
- Diminished earning capacity
- Long-term care
The value of economic damages is the total of the actual monetary losses. In addition to reimbursement for financial losses, you could also receive compensation for non-economic damages. Examples of non-economic damages include:
- Physical discomfort
- Permanent disabilities and impairments
- Emotional distress
- Reduced quality of life
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Loss of enjoyment of life
The value of non-economic damages depends on the severity of your injuries and how your injuries impact your overall well-being and quality of life. The multiplier method is used in many cases to calculate pain and suffering damages. Your economic damages are multiplied by a number between 1.5 and five to determine how much your non-economic damages are worth.
In a small number of cases, accident victims can receive punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded by juries when the defendant’s conduct rises to the level of gross negligence, fraud, or malice.
Can I Recover Compensation for Damages if I’m Partially To Blame for Causing a Dallas Recreational Vehicle Accident?
As discussed above, several parties could share fault for causing an RV accident. If you are 51% or more to blame for causing a recreational vehicle crash, Texas comparative fault laws bar you from receiving any money for your damages.
However, if you are less than 51% at fault for the RV crash, you might recover a portion of your damages. The law states that your compensation is reduced by your level of fault for causing the accident. Therefore, if a jury finds you were 25% to blame for causing the accident, your compensation is reduced by one-fourth.
Because contributory fault can reduce the amount an insurance company must pay for a claim, companies often try to shift blame for an accident to the victims. Therefore, talking with an insurance adjuster could hurt your case. Your statements could be twisted and misinterpreted to allege that you were admitting you are partially to blame for causing the RV accident.
What Is the Statute of Limitations for Filing an RV Accident Claim in Texas?
The Texas statute of limitations for most negligence claims is two years from the injury date. Therefore, you lose the right to sue the at-fault parties if you do not file a lawsuit before two years.
However, exceptions to the statute of limitations could change the deadline. For example, claims against the government must be filed within six months (or less in some cities) to protect your right to file a lawsuit.
It is best to talk with one of our Dallas RV accident lawyers as soon as possible. Prompt legal advice can protect your right to recover compensation for damages.
What Should I Do After a Recreational Vehicle Accident in Dallas, TX?
Report the RV accident to the police. The quickest way to report an accident is to call 911.
While you wait for emergency responders to arrive, do not discuss the cause of the accident with anyone. Instead, try to gather evidence and document the accident scene.
Taking pictures and making a video of the vehicles and the accident scene is helpful. Also, ask eyewitnesses for their information. However, do not place yourself or others at risk to gather evidence.
When the police officers arrive, tell the officers what happened – but do not admit fault for causing the accident.
Seek immediate medical treatment for your injuries. You must prove that the RV accident caused your injuries. Prompt medical care helps link the crash to the cause of your injuries.
Delays in medical treatment could hurt your case. The insurance company might allege your delay in care is evidence that you were not severely injured in the accident.
As soon as possible, contact Anderson Injury Lawyers for a free consultation with a Dallas recreational accident attorney. Let’s start building a personal injury case to get you the money you deserve for an RV accident claim.
What Does It Cost To Hire a Dallas Recreational Vehicle Accident Lawyer?
Our lawyers at Anderson Injury Lawyers do not want you to worry about how to pay attorney’s fees for an RV accident claim. Therefore, we accept cases on a contingency fee basis. Instead of charging you attorney’s fees upfront, we agree to accept a percentage of your settlement funds as payment for our legal services.
Therefore, you can hire a personal injury lawyer without paying upfront fees. In the unlikely event that we do not recover money for your case, you do not owe us attorney’s fees.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Dallas Recreational Vehicle Accident Lawyers
You do not have to fight the insurance company alone. Our legal team at Anderson Injury Lawyers is here to help you win fair compensation for your damages and injuries. Call us to schedule a free case review with an experienced Dallas recreational vehicle accident attorney.