With 15-passenger vans still a common mode of transportation for group travel, our Anaheim injury lawyers want to remind drivers and passengers to exercise caution. This type of vehicle is not considered the safest auto and there are serious safety issues that continue to be associated with it.
Studies have even shown that when you use a 15-passenger van as intended, the inherent design of this type of vehicle still comes with built-in crash risks. In Orange County, California, Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, and Riverside County, Howard Law, PC represents traffic crash victims and their families that have been injured because of other's negligence.
Main safety problems with 15-passenger vans:
• The heavier the van weighs, the higher the chance of a rollover crash. So even if you don't have more than 15 people riding in the van, its crash risk may still have gone up.
• While overloading a 15-passenger van definitely increases the rollover risk, it can still be difficult to maneuver when it is merely fully loaded.
• The vehicle's high gravity center makes the 15-passenger van a natural candidate for a rollover accident.
"While many Orange County, California car accidents are a result of driver negligence, a lot of collisions that occur are due motor vehicle manufacturer errors in the design and manufacture of a vehicle and its parts, "says Anaheim 15-passenger van attorney Vincent Howard.
With so many people allowed to ride in a 15-passenger van at once, the fatality rate tends to be higher in the event of a collision. It is important that the operator of a 15-passenger van not only have a valid Class B driver's license but also he/she is experienced in operating this type of large, irregularly sized vehicle.
Earlier this year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a Consumer Advisory offering tips on increasing 15-passneger van safety, including:
• Don't overload it.
• Make sure everyone is wearing a seatbelt.
• Maintain the vehicle regularly, including ensuring that the tires are appropriately sized and the right pressure.
"You want to work with a Los Angeles motor vehicle crash law firm that knows how to prove liability in a 15-passenger van accident," said Southern California personal injury attorney Vincent Howard.
15-Passenger Van Statistics from the NHTSA:
• With 45 deaths in rollover-related crashes in 2007, that year saw an almost 20% increase in 15-passenger van occupant deaths from the year before.
• 80% of the 15-passenger van occupant rollover victims that died between 2003 and 2007 weren't using seat restraints.
• About 25% of those that died during these years were the van operators.
Consumer Advisory: NHTSA Offers Tips for Safe Travel in 15-Passenger Vans, NHTSA, March 22, 2012
15-Passenger Vans, Insurance Insurance of Highway Safety
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