No matter how many people are involved, the human tragedy in a rollover accident is undeniable. But, when a rollover happens in a 15 passenger van, there is a much greater risk of disaster to all the passengers, especially when traveling around Buffalo, New York.
Most rollovers happen when a driver cannot control the vehicle anymore, and it starts to slide sideways. When this occurs, something can trip the car and cause it to roll over. It can also occur when the driver attempts to turn the vehicle aggressively.
Vans are top-heavy
Large vans, particularly 15 passenger vans have many qualities that can make them prone to rollover accidents. For starters, it is usually top-heavy. When some force is applied to a top-heavy vehicle, it most likely results in a collision, and the van might rollover as opposed to being pushed out of the road.
Compared to other types of vans, 15 passenger vans are more top-heavy. The main reason is the packaging. In most vehicles, passengers sit in the front of rear axles, but when 15 passengers need to occupy the vehicle, an incredibly long car is necessary, thereby allowing much space between its axles.
The van goes off a rural road
If this happens, the van is more likely to overturn when it strikes an embankment or a ditch or when any object trips it or when it runs onto soft soil.
The driver overturns the steering wheel as a panic reaction to an emergency
Sometimes the driver panics too much when a wheel is dropping off the pavement causing him to overturn the steering. Especially at freeway speeds, this type of situation might cause the driver to lose his control, which can cause the van to slide sideways and rollover.
The driver is fatigued and driving too fast
A drowsy driver can doze off and might lose his control. The driver might lose his control when speeding and can cause the van to slide sideways off the road. The dirt or grassy medians that line the roads can frequently cause the van to overturn when the tires dig into the soil.
Vans are commonly used as transportation for small groups of musicians, sports teams, tour groups, and academic clubs. But each year hundreds of individuals are injured in van accidents. Most of the time, it is because drivers of these vans are inexperienced in controlling a big and heavy vehicle. Anyone who suffers from any personal injuries, especially in Buffalo, New York should contact lawyers from www.theobrienfirm.com to help them get compensated.
Chris O’Brien has been handling personal injury cases in Western New York for more than 30 years. He enjoys a national reputation as not only a trial lawyer but also an educator of other trial lawyers. At the same time that he has recovered 20 million or multi-million dollar settlements on behalf of his clients, Chris has also taught trial skills in 21 states, districts, and territories as well as 2 provinces in Canada. He currently serves as the Co-Chair of the National College of Advocacy, has been a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum for 20 years, and has been named as one of Western New York’s Top Ten Lawyers by Buffalo Business First.
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