RV Collision Data Supports Medical Transport Safety Concerns
Many of the companies that offer long distance medical transport use RVs because these vehicles are large, already have built-in beds and offer plenty of room for family and staff members who must travel with the patient. Unfortunately, these vehicles do not have a good safety record on the road. In fact, using an RV for long distance patient transport can pose serious medical transport safety concerns, making our Mercedes Sprinter a superior and safer choice.
Types of RV Accidents
The types of accidents to which RVs are susceptible are similar to those experienced by other vehicles. However, these accidents can often be more severe due to the size of the vehicle. The most common RV accidents include:
- Rear-End Crashes
- Tilting Accidents
If an RV is used as a medical transport, the outcome of these accidents can be detrimental to the health and well being of the patient inside, as well as anyone else traveling in the vehicle. In most cases, these accidents are caused by speeding or taking turns too sharply, which are more likely to become an issue when using an RV as a long distance medical transport in a serious medical situation.
One of the biggest concerns long distance patient transport services have with the use of RVs is the structural integrity of these vehicles. They are often constructed with thin shells that do not hold up well when a collision occurs. In fact, studies have shown that a collision that takes place when an RV is only traveling 20 miles per hour can have disastrous results. In accidents that occur at higher rates of speed, the RV shell can disintegrate or fall apart, exposing the patient and other occupants of the vehicle to the direct effects of the accident. In an accident or collision, the risk of injury and even death in an RV is greatly increased.
The structural integrity of the RV is not the only concern of the long distance medical transport industry. RVs often contain loose items that can be dislodged in an accident. At high rates of speed, when the outer shell of the RV is breaking apart or crushing inward, these loose items are likely to fly around inside the RV, causing injury to the passengers within the vehicle. Our vehicles, that don’t have these loose items, are a much safer option for long distance patient transport.
When you are looking for a company that offers medical transport, especially over long distances, it is critical to choose the safest option available. While the space afforded by an RV can be a tempting option for long distance medical transport, it is not necessarily the safest. RVs have a bad track record for safety when they are involved in an accident, especially at a higher rate of speed. Instead, it is better to trust a long distance patient transport service that doesn’t put the patient at unnecessary risk in the unfortunate event of an accident.
If you are looking for safest and most comfortable option for medical transport, call 800.550.1025 or request a quote online now! We employ only the most professional drivers and use the safest vehicles possible to ensure your loved one arrives safely and have a perfect driving safety record to show for it!