Large passenger vans are often used to transport groups of people for community and school events because they are cheaper and smaller than buses. Unfortunately, 15-passenger vans are prone to rollover accidents and serious injury collisions. Church groups, community organizations, senior centers, and childcare centers should not utilize 15-passenger vans to transport members considering the significant risks involved. Any group or organization considering using any type of passenger van to transport people would be well-advised to follow the many passenger van safety tips shared by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The NHTSA lists the three main causes of 15-passenger van rollover accidents as inexperienced drivers, improper tires, and poorly loaded cargo. These vehicles handle differently depending on the vehicle’s weight. An inexperienced driver may fail to adjust accordingly. Companies utilizing these dangerous vehicles often fail to check the tires or make sure that the tires are properly maintained. Over or under inflated tires may blow out and once these vehicles go out of control, it may be difficult even for an experienced driver to regain control of the vehicle.
Van drivers should ensure that all passengers are wearing their seat belts and that the passengers are aware of the visibility issues they may be causing by blocking windows with cargo. Van drivers should also never suddenly jerk the wheel or exceed the speed limit to reduce the chance of a rollover accident occurring.