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Furthermore, these types of accidents can cause severe injury or death. The increased use of 15 passenger vans has shown the risk that passengers face. In any event, many dangers come from this mode of transport.
Most importantly, make sure to contact Ehline Law Firm if you got hurt in a van. Since 2005, we have helped accident victims in California. Also, we have won millions for these people. And we can help you, 24/7.
Also, church groups have used short buses and vans for years. The same goes for child care centers and sports stadiums. But these vans have an increased risk of rollover.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, published a warning. Because of this, many potential passengers knew the risk. But this differs on a case-by-case basis. For example, let’s say a big rig truck slams into a van filled with people at 20 miles per hour. Now compare that to a bicycle hitting the passenger van, or a lighter vehicle. The truck would likely cause more fatalities. Making sense so far?
The NHTSA data above shows the main reason for the higher accident risk.
The report reads in part:
“NHTSA research shows there is a greater risk of rollover because many drivers lack experience driving the larger vehicles.”
So driving experience, and not the vehicle itself? Is this the main reason people can die in these vans? Yes, it is true. Beyond drivers with no experience, it could become overloaded. If too many passengers or cargo go on board, the van can lose control.
And it can get worse by storing luggage on the roof. That can tip the vehicle. First of all, it is a top-heavy vehicle. So tires low on air, and a driver with no experience could spell doom. The risk of a crash gets multiplied if it is windy outside.
The size of the van alone is larger than a small car. If they hit, they hit hard. And injury risks increase by using a large van over a small car. So if a wreck takes place, it is likely to be catastrophic.
Also, a smash-up could be life-threatening. And injuries related to a van accident composed of many.
So the above can be the potential outcomes of massive passenger van wrecks, leading to intense emotional grieving and financial losses. And companies operating these vehicles cannot cut corners. Most of all, people who transport others, or their luggage become common carriers. And in that status, van drivers owe a significant duty of care. Beware, many Los Angeles personal injury lawyers want a fast settlement, remaining ignorant of this higher duty.
This duty is much more than owed by a regular driver. For example, car drivers owe a duty of “reasonable care.” The “special duty” forces van drivers into a special position of care.
So these drivers are also caretakers. They cannot drop someone off in the middle of nowhere. And they have to protect property on board the transport.
Consider too that children or seniors may be aboard. So it makes sense to hold these van operators to this higher standard.
We want our dependent family members safe. So you should contact a legal expert in the aftermath of a crash. That way, you can get advice and counseling from a lawyer.
Call for an appointment right away at (888) 400-9721. Getting a free, no-pressure legal consultation from an attorney is smart. Pertinent here, you get a chance to determine your rights and options.