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How Safe is the Average Van? A van is considered a higher risk for roll-overs than most passenger cars because of its size, and as such, the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a loud and clear warning about van accidents.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) urged van drivers and passengers – especially those of 15-passenger vehicles – to take “appropriate precautions to guard against the possibility of a tragic rollover crash.”
The press release stated that these vans are at a much higher rollover risk than other passenger vehicles especially when they are fully loaded with passengers or luggage.
The NHTSA also advised passengers to wear seatbelts at all times in order to avoid injuries from van wrecks – noting that 80 percent of all passengers that died from rollovers and van accidents were not wearing seat belts. The NHTSA also stated that driver inexperience seems to be a growing problem and warned passengers to ensure that its van driver has appropriate training and experience.
Finally, the NHTSA warned that van accidents are caused by the vans’ tires. Signs of wear or aging, or low pressure, on the tires are a clear indication that a van could unstable and can cause a van accident and roll-over.
The Fatality Analysis Reporting System (“FARs”) reported that are approximately 750 deaths annually from large van accidents and almost 2,000 deaths reported from mini-van crashes as well 32 other deaths from mid-sized or special-sized vans.
If you or a loved one suffers critical injury from a van wreck, you may have the right to bring a claim for money damages against a van rental company, the manufacturer, the driver, auto dealership or any party that assumes responsibility for your well-being. This include any organization that uses a van to provide transportation such as a club, group, church, school, day care center, nursing home, or any other organization. Our Dallas auto accident lawyers can help you discover if you have a claim at no charge to you.
Common causes of van accidents.
The most common scenarios in a van accident case could include the following:
- Incompetent or unprepared drivers
- Over-taxed or fatigued drivers
- Carelessly backing up of a van
- Allowing more passengers on the van than is legally permitted or safe
- Driver exceeds the legal speed limit
- Drivers or companies that overloaded the top rack or the vehicle with luggage causing an imbalance
- Drivers or companies that loaded the van heavier than the total permissible weight of the van; this takes into account the weight of the driver, passengers, and cargo
Contact the Rasansky Law Firm and get an experienced van accident lawyer to handle your case. There is no charge for an initial consultation.
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The attorneys at Rasansky Law Firm are happy to speak to you about your potential case free of charge. If we can help with your claim, we’ll do so for no out-of-pocket cost to you. Call us 24/7 at (214) 651-6100, or toll-free at 1-877-405-4313.