We often hear about rollover accidents involving huge tractor-trailers or certain SUVs. However, you may not realize that passenger vans pose similar risks. David Fuchs at David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer, P.A. understands that the way in which a passenger van is handled differs significantly from how smaller automobiles are handled. Why? Passenger vans, particularly those that can hold 15 passengers or more, are typically much longer, wider, and higher than the average motor vehicle.
Accordingly, those who operate passenger vans need to have a greater awareness of the vehicle, as well as their surroundings. Van operators typically rely on their side mirrors heavily and they often need more space to maneuver and longer distances to brake effectively. Routine maintenance on such vans is also extremely important because passenger vans that are not appropriately maintained or operated run a considerable risk of collision and/or rollover.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has warned for years of the dangers surrounding passenger vans. The death toll continues to rise, as hundreds of individuals have lost their lives in van rollover accidents.
In fact, statistics show that approximately 6 out of every 10 passengers involved in such accidents die as a result of the crash. But why are passenger vans so dangerous? Unfortunately, David Fuchs and his team have seen the results of accidents that ultimately stemmed from defective vehicle design. The main cause of rollover accidents relates to a high center of gravity and passenger vans have a very high center of gravity.
What’s more, that center of gravity shifts once people and cargo gets added to the van. That being the case, the van may possibly fishtail or turn over in the event of an accident. That, in combination with potential driver negligence, can result in a dangerous scenario for all involved.
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