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    June 12 2020

    RV Safety in Nevada

    Summer has changed for most Las Vegas residents and the status of summer activities remains uncertain. Due to COVID-19, individuals are seeking recreational activities away from crowds. A popular activity for many families involves recreational vehicles (RVs). RVs include camper vans, fifth wheels, motorhomes, and toy haulers. Pool and water park closures, social distancing, and lower gas prices have contributed to soaring RV sales. While RVs can be fun, they can also be dangerous. Here, we will go over RV safety in Nevada including laws and tips to protect you and your family.

    Have you been in an accident involving a RV? If a RV accident injures you or a family member, seek medical help immediately. Once you have received medical care, consult with an experienced RV accident lawyer. Anthem Injury Lawyers have experienced RV accident lawyers who are ready to help you. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    Does Nevada Require a Special License for RV Drivers?

    RV safety in Nevada includes proper licensing. According to the Nevada DMV, RV and trailer owners need a Class A or B license to drive vehicles 26,001 pounds or heavier. An Endorsement J is needed to tow a vehicle over 10,000 gross vehicle weight rating. If the combination of the towing vehicle and the towed vehicle(s) exceed 26,001 pounds, a Class A license is required.

    Additional written and skills tests are required. For further information regarding the tests, license classes and Endorsement J, see the Non-Commercial Class A & B, J Endorsement Study Guide.

    Do You Know How to Drive the RV?

    To drive any vehicle safely a driver should be able to control the vehicle’s speed and direction. RV drivers are expected to know how to safely operate and control their vehicle. This includes knowledge and ability in:

    • Accelerating
    • Shifting Gears
    • Controlling Speed
    • Steering
    • Braking

    Do You Know How to Prepare for a RV Trip?

    RV safety in Nevada requires preparation. Before leaving for a RV trip an individual should perform the following tasks:

    • Check road conditions and verify routes
    • Confirm any necessary campground or RV park reservations
    • Keep up-to-date on weather forecasts
    • Compile and complete a RV inspection checklist
    • Confirm RV insurance and roadside assistance
    • Know vehicle weight limits

    RV Safety in Nevada

    Once an individual has prepared for their Nevada RV trip, he/she should follow basic safety tips including the following:

    • Always wear a seat belt when the RV is moving.
    • Apply the parking brake when leaving the RV.
    • Do not let children play in or around the RV unsupervised.
    • Do not drive over vegetation.
    • Respect all signage and barriers.
    • Leave no trace.
    • Drive only in designated areas, at a safe speed.
    • Use care when turning.
    • Never operate a RV while under the influence. Nevada DUI laws apply to RV operators who are impaired by drugs or alcohol.

    As you can see, RV driving and safety protocols are necessary to help ensure accidents don’t happen. Sometimes, no matter how careful a person is, an accident may occur. If you’ve been the victim in an RV-related accident caused by another, or a victim in another auto accident (truck, motorcycle or other vehicle accident), please contact our office. You’ll receive expert representation from Anthem Injury Lawyers, which will help you get maximum compensation for your injuries. Call us now: (702) 857-6000.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that families keep their children safe by ensuring the RV has safe seating arrangements for everyone. This includes proper seat belt restraints and car seats. The AAP also provides the following safety tips for RV travel:

    • Do not sit on side- or rear-facing benches when the RV is moving.
    • Choose a RV that meets Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 208.
    • Tow the RV or drive a second car. If there aren’t enough safe seating positions for everyone, bring a second vehicle or rent a tow-behind style RV.
    • Don’t distract the driver.

    How Does COVID-19 Affect RV Options?

    COVID-19 has changed the RV landscape. The health crisis initially closed down much of the RV industry. As the situation changes, campgrounds and parks are beginning to open. RV safety in Nevada requires health and safety knowledge. Nevada travelers may still need to take additional health and safety measures when venturing out in their RV.

    What Is Open and Closed in the RV Industry?

    RV safety includes knowing what options are available for owners and soon-to-be RV owners. The COVID-19 health crisis has changed the RV industry. The RV Industry Association created a chart detailing openings across states including manufacturers and suppliers, dealers, and campgrounds. In most states, the following are open:

    • RV manufacturing
    • Dealer sales
    • Service operations

    Dealer sales and service operations are open. In many states, RV parks and campgrounds are facing obstacles when reopening.

    Some RV parks and campgrounds are facing obstacles when reopening. Many campgrounds and RV parks are open. The RV Industry Association reminds individuals that these areas must follow strict guidelines on:

    • Social distancing
    • Capacity
    • Sanitation
    • Closure of common area amenities. This may include playgrounds, pools, and bath houses.

    What are COVID-19 RV Safety Tips?

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reminds everyone that:

    • Because travel increases your chances of getting infected and spreading COVID-19, staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick.

    If you are going to travel the CDC recommends you do the following:

    • Clean your hands often.
    • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Especially after you have been in a public place, after touching surfaces frequently touched by others, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Also, before touching your face or eating.
    • If soap and water are not available, bring and use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub your hands together until they feel dry.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
    • Avoid close contact with others.
    • Keep 6 feet of physical distance from others.
    • Wear a cloth face covering in public.
    • Cover coughs and sneezes.
    • Pick up food at drive-throughs, curbside restaurant service, or stores.

    What if There Is a RV Accident?

    RV Safety in Nevada is important. We hope you stay safe while venturing out in your RV. If you or a loved one are injured in a RV accident that is not your fault, seek medical help immediately. Once you receive proper medical treatment, contact an experienced RV accident lawyer. An experienced lawyer can properly manage the issues involved in a complex RV case. Anthem Injury Lawyers have experienced RV accident lawyers ready to help you. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    What Is a Personal Injury Claim?

    A personal injury happens when:

    • You have been injured.
    • Another party is liable for those injuries.

    You may have a valid personal injury claim and may be entitled to compensation if you can prove both:

    1. Someone else injured you
    2. He/she is liable for those injuries

    Who Is Liable?

    If you are injured in an accident that is not your fault, then another person/company may be responsible (liable). In a RV accident, there can be multiple responsible parties including the RV:

    • Driver and/or Owner
    • Rental company
    • Manufacturer(s)
    • Parts manufacturer

    What Injuries Occur in a RV Accident?

    RV accidents can cause serious injuries. Some of the most common serious injuries that can result in a RV accident include:

    If you or a loved one has been injured in a RV accident, seek counsel from Anthem Injury Lawyers. Our office is located in Henderson and we work with clients all over the Las Vegas area. Contact us today for a free consultation at (702) 857-6000.

    Is There a Time Limit to Bring the Claim?

    Have you been involved in an accident that is not your fault? Speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your options. Nevada has a two-year statute of limitations for accident victims to bring their claims. (Nevada Revised Statute 11.190(4)(e)) This means that injury victims have just two years from the date of their injuries to file a personal injury claim. If a victim files their claim after two years have passed, the court dismisses the claim and the victim receives no compensation.

    At Anthem Injury Lawyers, our experienced trial lawyers will make sure to file your claim within the correct time period.

    Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers

    Were you injured in a RV accident, or any other vehicle-related accident, such as one caused by a truck, or involving motorcycles? Or maybe you were riding a bike and a motorist struck you. These and many more car accident cases are our specialty. Contact the experienced team at Anthem Injury Lawyers. We do not charge for initial consultations and will travel to you at home or in the hospital if necessary. We deal with personal injury cases all over Nevada, including Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson, Summerlin, Reno, and all of Clark County. There are no fees until you have received your compensation. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 for a free consultation.

    Published by Puneet K. Garg

    Attorney Puneet K. Garg is one of the founding partners of Anthem Injury Law. He has vast experience serving various clients with their different needs. Puneet’s representation of clients has included serving as counsel to Fortune 500 companies, large and small healthcare providers, celebrities, large and small businesses, personal injury victims and individuals needing help with their everyday needs. He has represented clients from all over the world in both state and federal court in Nevada.

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