Are 15-passanger vans death on wheels or a convenient way of transporting medium sized groups of people?
According to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS):
- From 1982 to 1999, 15-passanger vans were involved in 376 fatal rollover crashes, which killed a total of 581 people (six of every 10 people riding in the vans).
- Fifteen-passenger vans were involved in single-vehicle crashes more than any other vehicle on the road.
- Three out of every four vans that were involved in rollovers did not collide with another vehicle.
- More than half of the passengers in single-vehicle rollovers were killed or received serious injuries.
The list of fatalities or incapacitating injuries involving these vehicles continues to rise, and while 15-passanger vans have, for the most part been banned from transporting children under 18, they continue to be used for taking elderly patients to their doctors’ appointments, for hauling groups of college students to parties or sports events, for small tour buses and airport shuttles and for families who want that extra room on their next vacation.
Why? Are people unaware of the dangers or simply in denial, believing that something tragic “couldn’t happen to me?”
When it comes to a matter of convenience over safety, many of us turn a blind eye until we or someone we love is involved in an accident. Fifteen-passenger vans are one of the most dangerous means of transportation on the highways, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
There are solutions to making these vans safer, but are they being implemented?
This website is dedicated to providing you with comprehensive information on 15-passanger vans such as
- Tire safety
- Suggestions for improving safety
- How to handle the scene of an accident
- Liability issues
In today’s world, we need to find reliable ways of transporting groups of people. We all want our highways to be safer places and hope that by providing information on 15-passanger vans, we are doing our part to contribute to a safer environment for everyone.