The United States Department of Transportation released a study that indicated a van loaded with 11 passengers as opposed to five is three times more likely to roll. The center of gravity shifting toward the rear of the vehicle dramatically affects the vehicle handling in an accident avoidance situation. The vehicle goes into an oversteer or “fish tail,” which can lead to a loss of control and potentially a rollover.
The most important thing to know about 15-passenger vans is this:
Passenger vans should be designed to safely hold the maximum capacity of passengers. Many organizations, churches, schools, and other groups rely on these vehicles for cost-effective group transportation. Automakers have been simply negligent when designing such vehicles, failing to create vehicles with more safety features and stability. If you’ve suffered injuries in a 15 passenger van accident, talk to our auto defect lawyers at The Gilbert Law Group® for assistance.
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According to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 519 occupants of 15-passenger vans were killed in crashes from 2007 to 2016.
The dangers of 15-passenger vans have been well documented and acknowledged by both manufacturers and government agencies alike, with the NHTSA admitting that in the hands of inexperienced drivers, the vehicles "can prove challenging to maneuver safely — given their high center of gravity and propensity to roll over as a result of quick maneuvering." These vehicles do not need to collide with another vehicle to be dangerous; merely a sudden stop or a quick turn can cause them to roll.
Some of the many dangers of 15-passenger vans include:
We can assess your accident and inform you whether a vehicle defect played a role in your accident. Our in-house engineering team has extensive experience discovering and identifying crucial evidence to indicate auto manufacturing negligence. As proven advocates, we have successfully litigated against many automaker giants, including Toyota, GM, Ford, and many other companies.
Forty mph testing done on the van fully loaded shows that the vehicle will roll during a common testing maneuver called a J-turn.
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