When you are involved in a rollover accident, it is critical to determine, first of all, who is at fault and second if there is insurance to cover for that accident.
Sean M. Cleary
Reports show that 15 passenger vans, like those used to transport college athletic teams, church groups, or vanpools, have a markedly greater risk of rolling over when loaded with passengers. NHTSA issued a warning when a study concluded vans are three times more prone to go over when transporting 10 or more passengers than when carrying lighter loads. According to NHTSA traffic safety facts, the number of van occupant fatalities increased by 95 compared with previous years, a 9.3% increase. In Florida in recent years, the percent of van crash deaths was slightly decreased from in the early 2010s.
A vehicle's age. The likelihood of rollover for older vehicles is slightly higher than for newer cars.
Vans were found to be 3.1 times more prone to roll over in speed-related accidents than in non-speed related accidents.
In vans with unrestrained drivers, the rollover probability was found to be of 25%, while the rollover probability for restrained drivers was 10%. One explanation of this data is that the drivers who used restraints also drove safer.
Vans are more likely to roll over when the driver is 24 and younger (16% rate) and even more possible when the driver, as well as the passengers, are 24 and younger (24% rate).
When alcohol is involved in the crash, the rate of a rollover is double compared to when alcohol is not involved (18% to 9%).
Most vans rolled over when the driver tried negotiating turns, changing lanes, or when going straight. A large van is longer and wider than a car, it needs more space and supplementary dependence on the side-view mirrors for changing lanes, it does not respond as well as a car to abrupt steering maneuvers, and requires added braking time.
Vehicle Occupancy. Higher occupancy is associated with a higher rollover rate. One explanation is that a higher passenger number increases the vehicle's center of mass, making it less stable. Vans with six or more occupants were found to be 25% likely to roll over, while vans with one or two occupants had a 9% rate.
How can The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary help you in your 15-passenger van rollover case?
The Law Offices Of Sean M. Cleary based in Miami can assist with all types of Florida 15-passenger vans rollover crashes. We use experts and engineers who can provide exact information about the nature and extent of each defendant's negligence. If you were injured in a 15-passenger van accident due to the negligent actions of another, you may be entitled to compensation for lost earnings, medical expenses and other damages associated with the crash.
It is rare that an insurance company will give you everything to which you are entitled without the assistance of an attorney. The sooner you start working on a claim, the more evidence will still be available, and the easier it will be to make your case. Contact us, we have helped people throughout Florida receive favorable outcomes for their claims.