Miami Recreational Vehicle Accident Lawyers
What to Do If You Were Injured in an RV Accident
Recreational vehicle (RV) accidents can be particularly devastating due to the large size and massive weight of these vehicles. If you were injured or if your loved one was killed in an accident involving any type of RV, turn to the legal team at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano. With over 130 years of combined experience, our Miami recreational vehicle accident lawyers are deeply knowledgeable of Florida’s personal injury and motor vehicle accident laws; we know how to help you navigate the process of fighting for the full, fair recovery you are owed.
No Special Driving Permits to Operate RVs in Florida
The state of Florida has an international reputation as a great tourist destination. Both visitors and residents enjoy Florida's wide variety of leisure activities, including our beautiful beaches, lakes, rivers, parks, and other recreational areas, such as the famous Florida Everglades, or "Sea of Grass," as it is also known.
Moreover, the state (especially South Florida), is the gateway between the United States and South America. Millions of tons of merchandise are imported and exported through Miami and Fort Lauderdale's sea ports and airports, with both cities serving as important hubs of international commerce. This brings thousands of visitors to South Florida who, at some point during their stay, will likely engage in recreational activities similar to those enjoyed by residents and tourists alike.
Thousands of watercraft, boats, Jet Skis, ATVs, and campers are operated all over the state of Florida and its waterways by millions of visitors and residents every year. Despite the fact that RVs (recreational vehicles) are often oversized and overpowered vehicles and are among the most difficult vehicles to successfully maneuver and handle, Florida law does not require any special training or special driver's license to operate most recreational vehicles. For example, while the law requires commercial truck drivers to have a commercial driver's license (CDL), operators of motor homes are not subject to such requirements. This is despite the fact that, given their size, some of these vehicles are as difficult to operate as regular buses or commercial trucks.
Often, these powerful RVs are operated by inexperienced, negligent, or intoxicated drivers that choose to ignore laws, rules, and common sense, thereby causing accidents that result in injuries and even death. Due to the fact that the warm climate makes our state a preferred place for retirees, we often find large motor homes being operated by senior citizens who often have difficulties seeing, steering, and reacting fast enough under some driving conditions to safely operate an RV.
Accidents off the Road
Many accidents involving recreational vehicles happen off road. Jet Skis, boats, and other watercraft are among the favorite toys of many beach, lake, and river enthusiasts in Florida.
Given their speed and sudden acceleration characteristics, Jet Skis, specifically, are highly prone to accidents. These vehicles are capable of reaching speeds upward of 70 miles per hour. Many operators fail to realize that falling off and hitting the water at such speeds is like hitting a concrete wall. Such an impact will likely knock anyone out, and if the operator (or the passenger) failed to wear a life jacket, they will likely sink to the bottom and die. Therefore, regardless of rules and regulations, it makes sense to wear a life jacket while on the water, especially when riding a Jet Ski.
Operators of Jet Skis also do not always know that once the Jet Ski is throttled down, they lose the ability to steer and control the PWC (personal water craft), often resulting in horrible collisions.
Florida Laws Regarding Safe Operation of Boats & Jet Skis
Under Florida law, F.S. 327.39(1), it is illegal for a person to operate a personal watercraft unless such person is wearing a type I, type II, type III, or type V personal flotation device (life jacket) approved by the United States Coast Guard.
Defective Recreational Vehicles
Sometimes, accidents happen because the recreational vehicle had a defective design or was poorly manufactured. At other times, the injuries are made worse because the safety equipment that the victim was wearing while riding the recreational vehicle failed to protect him or her. In many cases, a claim may be filed not only against the operator of the vehicle but also against the owner, manufacturer, designer, or retailer who ultimately sold or rented the recreational vehicle.
Our Miami Recreational Vehicle Accident Lawyers Can Help
Much like accidents on regular motor vehicles, accidents on recreational vehicles can cause traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries that lead to paralysis, burns, scarring, amputations, lacerations, and even death.
The Miami RV accident lawyers of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano have extensive experience handling all types of personal injury cases, including recreational vehicle accidents. We have helped thousands of clients throughout Florida recover compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and long-term care when the negligent operation of a recreational vehicle has injured them and left them incapacitated and unable to support their families.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a recreational vehicle accident, please contact us immediately for a free initial consultation. We handle all personal injury matters on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not have to pay us anything unless we recover compensation for you.
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