Organizations use 15-passenger vans when they need to transport a large group of people. Using a 15-passenger van eliminates the need to use multiple passenger vehicles to transport a group. These vehicles are often utilized by schools, universities, churches and business organizations.
If you or a loved one was injured in a 15-passenger van accident, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the negligent party. Contact a Greensboro auto accident attorney today to learn about the legal rights available to accident victims.
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Statistics on 15-Passenger Van Collisions
In the 1990’s, safety concerns about 15-passenger vans began to emerge. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) there were 1,512 fatal 15-passenger van crashes between 1994 and 20004. The NTSB called for more safety regulations for nine- to 15-passenger vans in 2001. Additionally, they asked for design improvements that would prevent serious van accidents from occurring.
Due to their high center of gravity, these vans are prone to rollover accidents. A 15-passenger van that is fully-loaded or almost fully-loaded is three times more likely to rollover than van that has only five passengers or less.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that the death rate for van drivers is lower than the death rate for drivers in passenger vehicles, however, the vehicle occupant death rate is higher for vans.
Causes of 15-Passenger Van Collisions
Oftentimes, private organizations and universities will use nine-to 15-passenger vans. While the crash rate for these vans is lower than passenger vehicles, 15-passenger vans have a high crash risk because of the design and its handling abilities.
Some common factors that can contribute to a van accident include:
- Lack of safety features
- Negligent driving
- Overloading the van beyond its weight capacity
- Poorly inflated tires that can result in a tire blowout
Federal Requirements for 15-Passenger Vans
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) regulates CMVs that are used to transport nine to 15 passengers in interstate commerce was changed in 2010 and now applies regardless of the distance traveled.
The regulations require that CMVs meet safety fitness qualifications, maintain records to document compliance, follow new safety procedures and rules against the use of alcohol, drugs or other substances while driving 15-passenger vans.
The cost of retrofitting safety features or purchasing a van with more safety features has kept many organizations from abiding by these regulations.
If you or someone you love has suffered an injury from a 15-passenger van crash due the negligent actions of another, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer today.
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Lawsuits for 15-Passenger Van Accidents
A 15-passenger van accident can leave injury victims with serious and life-altering injuries. If you or family member was injured in a van accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other damages. Contact Lewis & Keller today for legal guidance.
At Lewis & Keller, we have the knowledge and resources to litigate 15-passenger van accidents. Our legal team has helped numerous clients receive maximum compensation for their legal claims.
We have two convenient office locations in Greensboro and Winston-Salem to assist injury victims with their accident claims.
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