25 Injured in Accident Involving 15-Passenger Vans
Posted on behalf of Goldberg Finnegan, LLC on Jun 04, 2016 in Car Accidents
A collision on Sunday, May 26, involving two 15-passenger vans led to emergency crews transporting 23 children and two adults with injuries to nearby hospitals. While the injuries were not life-threatening, local law enforcement are investigating the crash.
The accident occurred on Columbia Pike near Musgrove Road where one 15-passenger van rear-ended the other. Roads were closed due to the collision and there were significant traffic delays. Officials believe the vans’ passengers were visiting Montgomery County from out of town.
15-Passenger Van Dangers
Despite their popularity, multi-passenger vans such as these are prone to rollovers and present a number of dangers to passengers. There have been more than 6,000 fatal accidents involving passenger van rollovers, yet more than 500,000 passenger vans are used in the U.S. to transport children, elderly and community groups.
Passenger vans were originally used as cargo vehicles and were not intended to transport passengers. However, when the vans shifted to passenger vehicles, their design did not change to improve safety.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has warned of the dangers associated with 15-passenger vehicles for decades in attempts to educate the public about their risks. Passenger vans are large, have massive blind spots and are tricky to drive due to their size. Drivers of these vehicles are more apt to oversteer which can cause them to lose control.
According to government officials, when there are ten or more occupants within passenger vans, the rollover rate is three times more than a lightly loaded passenger van. Weight put on the roof can have a similar effect.
These vans are considered a “gray area” because they are labeled as buses for government regulations yet they do not have to meet safety standards like those required for school buses. While marketed as safe to transport children and a cheaper alternative to school buses, they are not safe and injuries like brain, spinal cord, neck and back injuries can occur in 15-passenger vehicle rollover accidents.
If you have been injured because of an unsafe 15-passenger van, let the experienced car accident attorneys at Goldberg Finnegan help you by reviewing your claim for free. We can help you recover the compensation you deserve.