As Summer Nears, RV Accident Frequency Spikes
As summer nears, RV Accidents in Rockford, IL become more frequent. An RV (recreational vehicle) is a motor vehicle or trailer towed behind a vehicle which is designed as mobile living quarters – a substitute for tents and cabins while camping. RVs are very popular in Northern Illinois, as they are a luxurious upgrade to outdoor living when the weather allows.
Effect of Covid-19 on RV Accidents
According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, all State Parks’ campgrounds are open to the public. The IDNR keeps health and safety at the forefront of their decision-making, and almost all current information on the Coronavirus (Covid-19) indicates that being in outdoor spaces – distant from others – is one of the safest and healthiest activities for the people of Illinois. This is obvious from recent reports that backyard above-ground pools, trampolines, and tents are all being sold out at record paces. The summer of 2020 will be an amazing year for outdoor activities. This increase naturally correlates with an increase in outdoor injuries, property damage, and RV accidents.
RV Accident Statistics in Illinois
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) shows that 4% of all registered vehicles on the road are trucks, buses, and RVs. Having around 1% of motor vehicles being RVs seems low, but when you consider the spike in 2020 RVs and the fact that they’re typically only used during the warmer months of the year, you’ll see a lot more on the roadways in the coming months. The following RV accident stats should see an increase this season:
- 118 RV occupants killed
- 737 RV occupants with A-injury (ambulatory needs)
- 2,915 RV occupants injured with property damaged
RV Accident Property Damage / Injury Claim Amount
The average amount of an RV accident personal injury claim depends on several factors, such as:
- Class of recreational vehicle you own
- Type of accident classification
- Amount of occupants
- Whether you’re living full time or just vacationing
- What custom features your RV
It is impossible to quote claim amounts (as well as unethical) for RV accidents, but we can say whether you’re the RV owner, or in an accident with an RV driver – the damages can be significant.
The Bottom Line
In conclusion, northern Illinois stateline residents will be swimming, playing, camping and traveling in RVs at record numbers this summer. Accidents happen, and with the size, cost, and infrequency with which RV drivers operate their motorhomes – you or someone you know will likely be involved in an RV crash this year. The attorneys at MacCloskey Kesler and Associates are experienced in RV accidents, and are standing by to provide you with a free consultation for your injury claim. As always these cases are paid on a contingent fee schedule, meaning we don’t get paid unless you win. Call today at (815) 965-2000.