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    Pennsylvania Recreational Vehicle Accident Lawyer


    Clifford A. Rieders

    Pop-up campers, camper vans, fifth wheels, and motorhomes may have long braking distances, poor maneuverability, and large blind spots, and they can be easy to overload and roll over due to their higher center of gravity. Small recreational vehicles such as All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) are heavier, faster, and more powerful than they used to be, and, with some current models capable of 100 miles per hour, they are increasingly dangerous. This is also true of watercraft such as jet-skis.

    It is not surprising that between 1982 and 2014, more than 13,600 people nationwide lost their lives in ATV-related crashes. Pennsylvania ranked third in the nation, with 682 deaths, behind only Texas and California. Since ATVs offer less protection than an ordinary vehicle, surviving a crash can bring severe head, neck and internal injuries or even lead to brain or spinal cord injuries or paralysis.

    People enjoying their RVs sometimes forget to be responsible, follow the rules, and operate their vehicles in a safe manner, and others sharing the road may act unsafely as well. If their negligence results in serious harm, permanent damage or death, they must be held responsible.

    If you or a loved one has suffered harm from a crash involving a recreational vehicle, whether you were the driver or whether a vehicle collided with your car, truck, motorcycle or bicycle, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical and hospital bills, lost wages, lost wage horizon, disfigurement, loss of life’s pleasures, pain and suffering, and other harm. However, your case must be handled correctly and competently, or you may never collect the compensation you are entitled to.

    Clifford A. Rieders of Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann knows the courts and the system and what you need to do to increase your chances of winning a good settlement or at trial. Our attorneys represent people who have been harmed in crashes involving recreational vehicles, including:

    • Large RVs and campers
    • All-terrain vehicles (ATVs)
    • Quads
    • Dirt bikes
    • Snowmobiles
    • Mopeds

    We offer a free consultation to carefully examine the individual facts in your case and determine the best way to handle it. Contact us today by calling (570) 323-8711 or by using our online contact form to set up your free consultation.

    What are Problems With Large RVs?

    Any vehicle crash can injure, maim, and kill, but when large RVs or vehicles pulling campers and trailers are involved, the consequences can be disastrous. There are additional dangers associated with these and other modified vehicles, since they serve the purpose of being both automobile and a movable home. Features like propane tanks, power generators, and appliances increase the potential risks in a crash.

    Increased dangers include:

    • Fires from propane and fuel systems that are not properly protected
    • Instability of a large vehicle, especially on bumpy or dirt roads, or if there are problems with tires such as blowouts or de-treading
    • Structural defects that may not be strong enough to withstand a crash
    • Not using safety equipment such as seat belts as passengers move around the vehicle
    • Distracted driving, especially if drivers are elderly, tired, or have hearing and vision defects
    • Potential for roll-over accidents due to the higher center of gravity
    • Danger due to large blind spots and difficulties navigating narrow roads or tight turns.

    ATVs and Dirt Bikes

    ATVs and dirt bikes are not allowed on Pennsylvania roads, but young, immature riders often take chances and endanger themselves, motorists and pedestrians. Unsafe behavior has led to the confiscation of more than 100 dirt bikes and ATVs by Philadelphia authorities in just one year.


    Snowmobiles may crash with fixed objects, other snowmobiles, and vehicles, often due to unsafe speed and intoxication. Young people over 16 are allowed to ride a snowmobile without a license or training, and they may be prone to errors of judgment. Pennsylvania snowmobilers are required to register their machines with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and if they will be operated off the owner’s private property, they must be covered by liability insurance and wear a helmet.

    What to Do In Case of a Crash

    If you or a loved one was involved in a recreational vehicle accident you should first get medical help for your injuries. You should also get legal representation before you talk to an insurance company in order to protect your rights and maximize the compensation you receive. Insurance companies will try tactics such as trying to shift responsibility or getting you to accept the lowest settlement, and our attorneys have the skills and experience to help ensure you get the best settlement possible.

    Pennsylvania Law

    Pennsylvania has special laws pertaining to off-road vehicles and use of such vehicles on private land. Cliff Rieders was instrumental in actually writing and correcting that legislation so that it would have less of an effect on the innocent injured users. However, these laws are specialized and it is important that the lawyer know how they work and apply in your situation. There is special legislation addressing recreational use of land and water, equestrian (horseback riding), and a variety of other matters even such as ski resorts.

    Achieving Results When it Counts

    The skilled and experienced Pennsylvania RV accident attorney Clifford A. Rieders of Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann has spent decades honing his skills and successfully representing Pennsylvania families who have suffered an injury or loss due to someone else’s negligence. We offer personal attention and loyalty to every client, aggressively fighting for their right to compensation. Whether in settlement negotiations or pursuing a favorable trial verdict, we are thoroughly prepared and committed to achieving a just outcome. With our highly competent staff, we offer strength in numbers while providing top-notch personal service.

    We have years of experience dealing with the harm that results from RV crashes. As a result, we have been successful in securing substantial recoveries for legitimate claims.

    Cliff Rieders is a Past President of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, formerly Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association. Rieders has won numerous awards and recognition from the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, and he received the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority recognition award. Cliff has received the George F. Douglas Amicus Curiae Award, as well as the Milton D. Rosenberg Award from the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers. Rieders is on committees and organizations that write the law in many fields of practice. Cliff Rieders was involved in the writing of the Mcare Act, which governs medical liability actions in Pennsylvania. Cliff Rieders wrote the book on medical malpractice that lawyers use in the state. Cliff teaches the subject of medical malpractice at seminars attended by the leading lawyers in the state. Cliff Rieders is recognized as an outstanding authority in the medical malpractice field. Cliff has even testified before the legislature on medical malpractice laws. The attorney has been instrumentally involved in writing and reviewing perhaps as many as 350-450 pieces of legislation. Rieders is often called upon to review legislation before it is passed, to try to improve it on behalf of citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and actually has been given several “signing pens” by past governors. Cliff Rieders is the lawyer that other lawyers call for counsel and advice in the medical malpractice and pharmaceutical/vitamin supplement fields. Cliff Rieders is admitted in state and federal courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States.

    If you or your loved one has suffered harm from someone else’s negligence or incompetence in an RV crash, your next step should be to consult Cliff Rieders at Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann by calling (570) 323-8711 or by using our online contact form. Based in Williamsport, we serve clients throughout the state of Pennsylvania, offering a free consultation on all personal injury matters. More than that, we offer you experience, knowledge, compassion, and a long history of results.

    Our Legal Team

    AttorneyClifford A. Rieders
    Jeffrey C. Dohrmann
    AttorneyJeffrey C. Dohrmann
    Corey J. Mowrey
    AttorneyCorey J. Mowrey
    Attorney John Humphrey
    AttorneyJohn M. Humphrey
    Attorney Walter
    AttorneyC. Scott Waters
    Pamela L. Shipman
    AttorneyPamela L. Shipman