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Passenger Van Popularity and Use.
Also, church groups have used short buses and vans for years. Same goes with 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.
The NHTSA data above shows the main reason for 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 greater 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 compose of many.
- Brain injury.
- Spinal injury.
- Broken bones.
So the above can be potential outcomes of large passenger van wrecks. And companies operating these vehicles cannot cut corners. Most of all, if operating these vehicles, they become common carriers. And in that status, van drivers owe a great duty of care. 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 was you can get advice and counseling. Besides, the experts at the Ehline Law Firm have handled similar cases. Because of this, they have recovered millions for their clients.
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