Why Large Vans Are So Dangerous
When groups of people must travel together, there are different options for transportation. Taking separate cars can be difficult to coordinate and flying together can be costly. Taking a large passenger van is a convenient and cost-effective solution. Passenger vans are also a common way to transport seniors or other individuals who may not get around easily on their own.
While large vans are common to see on the roads in St. Louis, many people may not realize the dangers that come with this type of vehicle. You may think vans are safer than cars because they are bigger and heavier, however, this is not necessarily true.
Passenger vans have seat belts like other types of motor vehicles. Unfortunately, it has become a common practice for van passengers to not wear seat belts. This could be because of the long trip ahead, the desire to recline and be more comfortable, or because people are cramped with the luggage. Whatever the reason, failing to wear a seatbelt is a leading cause of death in van accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 80 percent of van occupants who were unbuckled died in serious crashes.
Because of a high center of gravity, large vans have a higher tendency to roll over. Rollover accidents can happen when the van hits a road hazard or curb, is speeding, in a collision with another vehicle, or taking a turn too fast. Rollovers can be deadly, especially in a packed van.
Many people who get behind the wheel of a large van are not trained to drive larger vehicles. Inexperienced drivers are often unaware of the particular risks that come with operating a large van. The large vans are more difficult to steer, stop, and maneuver around obstructions in the road. The difficulties that come with operating a large van often magnify the mistakes drivers make.
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Whatever the reason for your van crash, it is important to discuss your legal rights with an experienced St. Louis van accident lawyer. At Page Law, we understand the unique nature of van accidents and will protect your rights and injury claim. Call today at 314-322-8515 for help.
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