Recreational vehicles offer families the opportunity to travel together while also providing them with many of the same conveniences as their homes. Certain RVs such as motor coaches and even some campers contain stove-oven combination appliances, hot plates and other cooking facilities. Some of these operate utilizing electric power from batteries, while others use propane gas stored in portable cylinders.
According to RV travel.com, a loose connection between an electrical wire and the vehicle’s battery or a faulty gas line in the vehicle’s propane system are both common fire safety hazards on recreational vehicles. However, the online RV info source says that short-circuiting within the 12-volt electrical wiring found in many motor coaches is the number one cause of fire in those types of RVs.
Another type of danger can be found in the braking system of an RV. Most RV enthusiasts are not as experienced at driving recreational vehicles, which are often several times larger than the average car. For that reason, a driver of an RV may not immediately notice when a rear tire has blown out, particularly on large RVs with dual rear axles. A dragging brake caused by the wheel scuffing along the road can sometimes cause enough friction and heat to ignite flammable fluids.
Spontaneous combustion of barbecue grilling components such as lighter fluid or charcoal briquettes also pose a potential fire hazard for RVs. This can become especially dangerous when charcoal is damp or placed near oily or greasy rags.
Tennessee motorists should know that a sudden fire aboard a recreational vehicle has the potential to create a significant danger to others sharing the same roads. For example, a driver may swerve unpredictably in an attempt to quickly get to the shoulder of the road. Another potential danger to other motorists is the obvious risk of explosion.
If you have been injured in an RV accident, either as a passenger or a motorist, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries. Your Tennessee personal injury attorney will be able to assist you with evaluating your particular case and determine whether you have a viable claim.
Source: RV travel.com, “RV fire safety facts that could save your life” Dec. 02, 2014