When you see large 15 passenger vans out on the road in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, they are usually carrying church groups, airport travelers, sports teams and school children. With such precious cargo you might assume that they are some of the safest vehicles on the road. The truth is that the 15 passenger van is one of the most dangerous vehicles on the road today.
Startling Accident Statistics
The NHTSA has recently released information stating that the common 15 passenger van has a high risk of rollover when the vehicle becomes overloaded. Their information shows that these vans, when loaded with 11 or more passengers have a rollover rate almost 4 times higher than when carrying 5 or less people. That means that the more people the van carries, the better your chances are of being in a van accident on the road. These rollover accidents are not only extremely common but they can often be fatal.
It is not only an issue with too many passengers that can lead to possibly fatal van accidents but the design behind the vans themselves that makes them so dangerous. The modern 15 passenger van hasn't changed much since it was introduced, mostly as an afterthought, in the 1970's. The major car companies had been manufacturing successful lines of cargo vans and wanted to expand the line to carry large groups of people as well. However, they failed to add in all of the necessary safety features to the van design or put them through additional safety testing. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also found that the tires on this type of van is a major area of concern. They estimate that around 3 percent of the vans have at least one tire that is under inflated while in operation.
Possibly the largest threat of the modern 15 passenger van is that of operator error. Currently there are no additional licenses needed to operate one of these vans. That doesn't bode well when driving these vans is much different from driving your average commuter car or even a pickup truck. The 15 passenger van handles much differently from what the majority of drivers are used to based on their large dimensions alone. Passengers are also less likely to wear a seatbelt while riding in a 15 passenger van. This makes for a deadly combination when you consider that 82 percent of occupants killed in passenger vans between 2010 and 2016 were not wearing their safety belt. If you have sustained injuries, retain a van accident lawyer in Philadelphia today.
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