Motorhomes Accidents a South Florida Danger
Gregg Hollander | January 5, 2013 | Personal Injury
There were six people who were taken to local hospitals after a recent motorhome accident. The accident involved one motorhome and a number of other vehicles, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. The accident happened at Northlake and Hall Boulevard just before 11:00 p.m.
According to The Palm Beach Post, three trauma alerts were taken to St Mary’s and three others were taken to local hospitals.
Motorhome accidents in South Florida are a common danger through winter tourist season. Many times, the drivers of these motorhomes have no special training. It can be dangerous if you are not familiar with the differences that your RV’s weight, size, and visibility demand on the road. Staying alert, planning ahead and driving defensively are critical to the safe handling of your motorhome. Motorists on the road who are in an accident with one of these large vehicles face much the same risk as those who are involved in collisions with traffic trailers. Very serious and fatal injuries often result.
It’s especially important that you’re aware of the traffic around you — at all times. Follow these safety tips to help to ensure a safe ride for you and your loved ones.
Motorhome Driving Tips:
-Be sure that you’re aware of what’s around you. Always use your side and rear-view mirrors and be aware of what’s in your blind spots. Check them often!
-Make sure that you’re aware of the speed limits and aware of how fast you’re traveling. It takes longer for these motorhomes to stop than regular, smaller passenger vehicles.
-Avoid making sharp turns. These vehicles need more room to do so. Make sure you have plenty.
-Make sure that your tires on your motorhome are properly inflated. This will help you to handle better on our roadways. If you feel some sway or drag in the wheel, take a look at your tires.
-When towing a trailer or a vehicle, make sure you do not exceed your overall gross vehicle weight (GVW). Check the trailer, the tow bar and the hitch before, during and after your trip.
-With motorhomes come passengers. Don’t let them distract you. You need all of your attention on the road and on safety.
-Before moving, make sure that the satellite or TV antennae is in a safe position for travel.
-Make sure that safety chains and lights are working properly before taking off.
-Instead of following the 2-second rule, increase it to 5 seconds.
-Change to a lower gear when driving up hills. These vehicles can overhead much more quickly than smaller vehicles.
-Always drive your motorhome in the center lane when possible.
-Be aware of the weather conditions. Check them out before every travel. If conditions are poor, plan out an alternate route or wait it out.
-Know where you’re going before you leave. Behind the wheel is no time to be messing with a road map or with a GPS device.