Passenger Van Accidents
Passenger vans are an important transportation option for many people in the United States. From group travel to certain public transit outlets to hired options, passenger vans offer a way to transport more people at once to the same place than standard automobiles. They do require special licensing certifications, though, as operating high-capacity vehicles present unique dangers on the road. Blind spots may be increased in these vans; their tires are prone to under-filling and thus easier burnout, and their high centers of gravity make them more liable to overturn.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regularly issues safety recommendations for 12- and 15-passenger vans but has never endorsed the use of high-capacity vans at their full capacity. Their safety recommendations instead include
- Keep passenger load down (5-10 is a better bet than up to 12 or 15)
- Tire pressure should be checked often
- Seat belts remain a legal requirement for passenger vans: ensure all passengers are wearing them at all times!
- Drivers should only be those who possess the necessary qualifications and experience
- Position passengers and cargo ahead of the rear axle – that means don’t use the rear seat because it is directly above or slightly behind the rear axle
- Be constantly vigilant about road conditions
- Keep speeds lower than the legal limit at all times: risk for rollover is compounded at speeds over 50 mph or on curved roads
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed while riding in van, call and experienced attorney at the North Carolina and South Carolina injury law firm, Grimes Teich Anderson. The laws concerning these type of accidents are complicated and may differ according to whether the accident happened in North Carolina or South Carolina.
Some passenger van accident situations may be handled under common carrier laws, which govern mass transit options with associated fees for use, as in cases of tour groups, shuttle services, or small-scale public transport. More commonly passenger vans are not operated by common carrier schemes, however, and instead by regular drivers for group travel situations. In these cases, the at-fault party may be responsible for covering the costs of any accident victims’ expenses relating to the crash.
Insurers are very wary of passenger van situations because higher occupancy means higher payouts and a threat to the bottom line. Insurance companies generally want to pay as little as possible to accident victims. Placing blame and hurling assertions of contributory negligence can happen in cases involving passenger vans, in which identifying the party at fault is not always clear cut and stakes are heightened.
Don’t face that situation alone. In the wake of your passenger van accident you need time for yourself, to recover and attend to your own trying financial and personal situation. Come to us – the experienced attorneys at Grimes Teich Anderson – for legal advice and representation. We know the law and can help you assess your claim to help ensure you don’t undervalue the benefits package to which you may be entitled because of your accident.FREE CASE EVALUATION
Were you injured in a passenger van accident the Carolinas? Contact Grimes Teich Anderson today at 800.533.6845 and ask for your free consultation with a personal injury attorney. You also have the option to complete a free case evaluation form online.
Grimes Teich Anderson LLP has law offices located in Spartanburg, Greenville, and Gaffney, South Carolina and Asheville, Waynesville, Rutherfordton, Spruce Pine, and Franklin, North Carolina.