Types and Causes of Recreational Vehicle Accidents
– The most common
injury-causing accidents on snowmobiles occur when the vehicle hits a hazard
. Drivers/riders are either ejected or hit a fixed structure. Collisions between two or more vehicles, being hit by a snowmobile or becoming immersed in water are also common. Many of these accidents are caused by excessive speed, careless driving, inexperienced drivers, driver impairment, or operating the vehicle on public roads, steep hills or unsafe ice. Reckless driving (including towing/pulling people or items), improper safety equipment, defective snowmobiles and natural disasters can also cause or contribute to injury.
Boating and Watercraft
– Boats and watercraft (jet skis, tubing, parasailing) accidents typically occur if the vessel collides with hazards in the water (rocks, logs, swimmers, or other watercraft), sinks, or unsafe conditions lead to slips, trips or falls. These accidents are frequently caused by unsafe operation of the vessel (negligence, recklessness, excessive speed, stunts), improper training (inadequate experience, underage operators) or impairment from drugs or alcohol
. Poor upkeep of the vessel, manufacturer defects, mechanical problems, inadequate safety markers in the water and sudden bad weather are also sometimes factors in these accidents.
ATVs and Dirt Bikes
– All-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes are usually operated on trails, in backcountry, on private property or, in the case of dirt bikes, on motocross tracks. The stability of ATVs has been an on-going concern and vehicle rollovers are common accidents. Collisions with other ATVs or stationary hazards or submersion in water are Although the most serious dirt bike injuries occur in accidents on motocross tracks, the majority of dirt bikes accidents occur on natural terrain when riders fall from their vehicles or are thrown from their bikes when they hit a hazard. Drug and alcohol-use are frequently linked to injury-causing accidents on both ATVs and dirt bikes.
RVs, Fifth Wheels, Camper Vans
– Although these vehicles are designed to bring you to camping sites and trailer parks, most accidents involving these vehicles occur on roads, highways and private drives. Collisions with other vehicles or objects, hitch uncouplings, and tipovers are frequent causes of accidents. Wind gusts and air vacuums between RVs and other large vehicles, driving while tired, substance use and impairment, speeding, weight problems, miscalculations with turns and braking, and trouble with blind spots are all things known to contribute to these accidents