The Dangers of 15 Passenger Vans
While 15 passenger vans were very popular for a period of time, they have fallen out of favor in recent years after many serious accidents all around the country were attributed to the design of the vehicles. These vans are inherently less stable than other vehicles due to their extremely high center of gravity and significant load base behind the rear axle.
In an effort to improve student safety, many academic organizations such as universities have banned the use of 15 passenger vans outright as they are widely regarded to be accident prone vehicles. Despite these shortcomings, many of the vehicles remain in service due to their desirability as budget-friendly and high occupancy transport.
Organizations Who Use Vans
Few people actually view 15 passenger vans as a comparatively safe choice for transport, but in many situations these vehicles are the only affordable option in a particular class. When budget constraints are an issue, groups such as the following often turn to 15 passenger vans:
- Churches and church groups
- After-school groups like Scouts or Brownies
- Airport shuttles
- Hotels and motels
Whenever possible, avoid the use of these vehicles, and be aware that the reckless actions of a driver in a 15 passenger van have a much greater chance of causing an accident than in most other vehicles.
If you have suffered an injury caused by a negligent driver in a 15 passenger van, you are likely entitled to compensation for your resulting medical expenses and other damages. Call the experienced and knowledgeable Racine car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C. today at 800-242-2874 to learn more about your legal options.