Are Passenger Vans at Higher Risk for a Florida Rollover Accident?

by Carmen Dellutri on December 15, 2011

Fort Myers personal injury attorney

As we mentioned last week, Florida rollover accidents can lead to serious injuries and even death. While all vehicles can technically rollover, some vehicles are more susceptible. In fact, 15-passenger vans are one of the most dangerous vehicles on the road in terms of Florida  rollover crashes.

The rollover risks associated with 15-passenger vans prompted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to issue a consumer advisory last year, following a series of fatal crashes. Specifically, the agency warns that tire maintenance is paramount to preventing tragedies from occurring.

For instance, users of 15-passenger vans need to make sure the vehicles have appropriately-sized tires that are properly inflated before every trip. The agency also points out that tires degrade over time. For this reason, NHTSA recommends that spare tires not be used as replacements for worn tires. In fact, many tire manufacturers recommend that tires older than 10 years not be used at all.

NHTSA has also directed its rollover advisory to church groups, other non-profit organizations, and colleges that may be keeping older 15-passenger vans in service longer than usual because of tight transportation budgets.

It also cautions that pre-primary, primary, and secondary schools should not use 15-passenger vans for transporting school children, as they do not provide the same level of safety as school buses. In fact, is also against federal law for schools to buy new 15-passenger vans for school transportation purposes.

Here are some safety tips for anyone planning a trip in 15-passenger vans:

  • If you are an owner, make sure the vehicle is properly maintained.
  • Owners should make sure drivers are fully trained and experienced in operating a 15-passenger van and are properly licensed.
  • 15-passenger vans are very sensitive to loading and should not be overloaded under any circumstances. Agency research shows overloading not only increases rollover risk but makes the vehicle more unstable in any handling maneuvers.
  • Owners should make sure that properly sized tires are being used on their vehicles.
  • Before every trip, drivers should check the tires for proper inflation, and make sure there are no signs of wear. Correct tire size and inflation pressure information can be found in the owner’s manual.
  • If you are a passenger, make sure you buckle up for every trip.

Source: NHTSA

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