15-Passenger Van Lawyers, Mini-Bus Lawsuits and Settlements in Washington State
The passenger van accident attorneys at the Davis Law Group represent seriously injured victims, and the families of those fatally injured in 15 passenger van rollover accidents in Washington state.
Because passenger vans are relatively inexpensive compared to school buses, they have become popular for transporting church groups, school children, the elderly, sports teams and other groups. All three manufacturers of 15-seat vans market their vehicles for these types of uses. But these same vans are frequently involved in serious collisions and rollover accidents.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and National Transportation Safety Board has found that passenger vans are prone to rollovers when at or above capacity. Passenger vans are not required to be manufactured to the same federal motor vehicle safety standards as traditional yellow school buses. For example, FMVSS 111, 131, 220, 221 and 222 are not required in the manufacture of vans. As a result, these vehicles do not provide the same degree of occupant protection to passengers that school buses do.
Causes of Passenger Van Accidents in Washington State
- Some of the most common causes of accidents involving 15-passenger vans are:
- Overloaded vans
- Drivers without a commercial driver's license
- Vans designed for cargo, not passengers
- Poor handling
- High center of gravity
- Sharp turns can cause rear tires to slide or fishtail
Passenger Van Rollover Accident Statistics
According to the Traffic Safety Agency, a 15-passenger van that's fully loaded with 15 or more occupants has a rollover risk six times greater than one with fewer than five occupants. The rollover risk is nearly three times greater with 10 to 15 occupants than with fewer than five.
Government statistics indicate that over 1,200 fatal 15 passenger van accidents have occurred since 1990. In one ten year period 860 people died as the result of 15 passenger van accidents, with over 420 of the deaths occurring from single vehicle rollover accidents (no other vehicle was involved in the accident).Seattle Law Firm Represents Passenger Van Accident Victims - Free Consultations