15 Passenger Van Rollovers
Fifteen-passenger vans pose a particularly high risk of rollover accidents. The problem is so severe that some insurance companies will no longer insure 15-passenger vans.
Between 1990 and 2002, there were 1,576 15-passenger vans involved in fatal crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), these crashes resulted in 1,111 fatalities to van occupants. Of these, 657 vans were in fatal, single vehicle crashes, of which 349 rolled over.
Heavily loaded 15-passenger vans are particularly susceptible to rollover accidents. NHTSA research shows that the rollover risk of 15-passenger vans increases dramatically as the number of occupants increases from fewer than five to more than ten. Vans with ten or more occupants have a rollover rate nearly three times that of vans with fewer than five occupants.
If you have been injured in an accident involving a 15-passenger van or if someone you love died in such an accident, you may be entitled to receive financial compensation for the damages you have suffered. Please contact an attorney at The Reeves Law Group, today for a free consultation. We will evaluate your case and advise you of your legal rights and options.
For more than 25 years, the attorneys at The Reeves Law Group have been winning substantial verdicts and settlements for clients injured in automobile accidents. You can rely on us for aggressive representation that gets results.
Fifteen-passenger vans have a high center of gravity that can cause instability in turns and sharp maneuvers. They are also constructed with seats behind the rear axle. Fully loading these vans moves the center of gravity to the rear, which, according to NHTSA’s rollover testing, contributes to instability.
Fifteen-passenger vans are used by day care facilities, churches, and YMCAs. Many airport shuttles are 15-passenger vans. While federal law prohibits the sale of these vans to transport primary and secondary school students, colleges use them frequently to transport sports teams.
We will thoroughly investigate the cause of your rollover accident, identifying the cause and all possible sources of liability. We will then pursue full compensation for all of your injuries and other damages.
If you have been injured in an accident while driving or riding in a 15-passenger van, please contact The Reeves Law Group at (800) 644-8000. Because we represent our clients on a contingency basis, you will pay no attorney’s fees unless we recover financial compensation for you.