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15 Passenger Van Accidents

15 Passenger Van Accidents

One of the most popular modes of transportation for large groups is 15-passenger vans. They are frequently used by church groups, schools and business organizations. However, these vehicles have been involved in a number of serious accidents.

If you or a loved has been injured in a 15-passenger van accident in Connecticut, you may be eligible for financial and legal recourse. Contact Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers today to explore your legal options.

For additional information about filing a lawsuit in regards to a 15-passenger van accident, fill out the contact form on the right-hand side of the page.

Statistics on 15-Passenger Van Accidents

Concerns about the safety of 15-passenger vans first emerged in the 1990s. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reports that there were 1,512 fatal 15-passenger van accidents between 1994 and 2004. In 2001, the NTSB asked for more regulations on nine- to 15-passenger vans. In addition, the agency called for design improvements to prevent serious collisions.

These vehicles are susceptible to rollovers due to their high center of gravity. A 15-passenger van that is fully-loaded or almost fully-loaded is about three times more likely to rollover than vans that contain fewer than five passengers.

According to The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the driver death rate for 15-passenger van accidents is lower than in other passenger vehicles, however the occupant death rate is much higher.

Causes of 15-Passenger Van Accidents

Typically, nine-to 15-passenger vans are used by private organizations and universities. Although the crash rate for these vehicles is lower than other passenger vehicles, 15-passenger vans pose a higher crash risk because of the van’s design and difference in handling capabilities for drivers.

Listed below are some common factors that can result in a 15-passenger van accident:

  • Overloading the vehicle beyond its weight capacity
  • Lack of safety features
  • Lack of seat belt use
  • Driver negligence
  • Deteriorating tires that can result in a blowout

Federal Regulations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) regulations governing CMVs used to transport nine to 15 passengers in interstate commerce was amended in February 2010 and now applies irrespective of the distance traveled.

The regulations stipulate CMVs must meet safety fitness qualifications, maintain records to document compliance, follow new entrant safety procedures and general rules against the use of alcohol, narcotics or other substances while operating a 15-passenger van.

However, the cost of retrofitting safety features in vans or purchasing newer models of passenger vehicles with more safety features has kept many organizations from following these regulations.

If you were injured in a 15-passenger van accident due to another person’s negligence, we urge to contact our personal injury lawyers today. Our lawyers can inform you of your legal rights and options.

To speak with a member of our team about your accident, complete the Free Case Review form on this page.

Filing a 15 Passenger Van Accident Lawsuit

If you or a family member has suffered an injury in a 15-passenger van accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and emotional trauma. At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we urge all accident victims to seek legal guidance after an accident. An experienced attorney can review the circumstances of the accident and advise you on the best course of action to purse.

Our attorneys and staff have the knowledge and resources to successfully handle 15-passenger van accident cases. We have helped numerous clients obtain favorable outcomes for their legal claims, through jury verdicts or settlements.

To schedule a no-obligation legal consultation, fill out the contact form on this page.


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