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.
Experienced Shuttle Van Accidents Lawyers
The passenger van accident attorneys at the Davis Law Group represent seriously injured victims, and the families of those fatally injured in 15 accidents in Washington state.
Attorney Chris Davis is one of the most respected and recognized attorneys practicing in Washington State. You may have seen Mr. Davis on local or national news programs discussing the firm's high-profile cases or offering commentary on other legal issues.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a passenger van accident in Washington contact Davis Law Group at (206) 727-4000 to discuss your case for free.
Causes of Shuttle & 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
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.
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).
Free Consultation For Accident Victims
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident involving a passenger van, it is likely in your best interests to consult with a qualified attorney who has experience handling these types of cases. The award-winning legal team at Davis Law Group has helped injured accident victims in Washington state and throughout the country achieve justice for nearly 25 years.
We offer a free case review to anyone who is interested in learning more about their legal rights after an accident. Call our downtown Seattle office at (206) 727-4000 or use the confidential contact form on this page to get started with the claims process.