Thousands of recreational vehicle owners navigate Illinois interstate and state highways throughout the year while traveling to far-flung destinations. The problem with these vehicles is that if they are involved in an auto accident, the injuries for all parties can be more severe than in traditional commuter vehicles for a variety of factors.
- Are large, typically weighing tens of thousands of more pounds than an average vehicle on the road.
- Stop slower than the average vehicle.
- Generally do not require a special class of licensing for a driver to operate, such as a commercial driver’s license (CDL).
- Are seldom used frequently enough that routine maintenance is performed all of the time. RVs are generally equipped with special high-load tires, and if one of those tires fails or is improperly inflated, it could lead to a significant injury.
- In some cases lack traditional over-the-shoulder harnesses for passengers within the vehicle, and they can then suffer injuries during an accident.
Illinois Time Limits on Filing Suit
Illinois sets a time limit of two years to file a personal injury lawsuit in the state’s civil court system. In most cases, this two-year time limit, known as a “statute of limitations,” begins to run on the date of the accident. Sometimes, however, a statute of limitations might run from the date that you discovered you were injured, rather than the date of the event that injured you. This later date is known as a “discovery date.”
For injury claims against a city or county, you have one year to file a lawsuit. The time limit to sue the state is generally two years, but you must file a formal claim within one year in order to sue.
A qualified personal injury attorney can help guide you through this difficult time and alleviate some of the stress.
Bring on a Lawyer Who You Can Trust
For a confidential, compassionate, in-depth, free, and, most importantly, thorough consultation with a Rockford Personal Injury Lawyer about your RV or recreational vehicle-related auto accident injury case in Rockford, Belvidere, Freeport, Rochelle, Oregon, Loves Park, Byron, Machesney Park, Roscoe, Rockton, or elsewhere in the State of Illinois, call or text message us at (815) 391-0089, or e-mail us 24/7/365. We offer in-office consultations, and routinely make visits to clients’ homes, hospital rooms, nursing homes, and other off-site locations to make retaining our services as easy as possible.