Fifteen-passenger vans are a popular way to move sports teams, extracurricular groups, church groups, and others when passenger cars don’t have enough seats but a full-sized bus isn’t necessary. While these vans can be very useful, they also pose particular safety risks. If you’re using a fifteen-passenger van this school year, keep the following safety tips in mind:
- Check the tires. Fifteen-passenger vans handle most safely when their tires are properly inflated and are in good condition, with good tread and no bald, stiff, or shiny spots. Check the van’s tires every time you drive.
- Always wear seat belts. Fifteen-passenger vans have a high risk of rolling over in an accident. The best protection against death in a rollover is wearing a seat belt, so require all passengers and the driver to wear a seat belt whenever the van is moving.
- Load cargo and passengers front to back. The van is more likely to roll when it is carrying weight over the rear axle. To reduce the risk of a rollover, load passengers and cargo front to back, keeping the weight forward of the rear axle whenever possible.
- Train drivers. Fifteen-passenger vans handle differently than passenger vehicles and pose different risks on the road. When possible, ensure drivers have the training they need to meet the challenges that fifteen-passenger vans pose.
Fifteen-passenger van accidents can cause serious injuries or even death, especially if the van rolls over. At Page Law, our aggressive van accident attorneys in Franklin County can help you fight for and win the compensation you need. Call us today at (314) 322-8515 for a free, confidential case evaluation.