Passenger vans are excellent transportation options for taking large groups of people from one location to another. If you have a very large family or use a passenger van service to go to and from the airport, there are safety precautions one should always take as the passenger and as the driver.
According to research conducted by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), passenger vans are more likely to become involved in an accident due to: passenger overload, passengers who aren’t properly restrained using seatbelts, improper cargo loading, inexperienced driver and distractions on the road. All of these possibilities can lead to a dangerous collision, in which an accident injury claim may need to be filed in or near Mesa, AZ. Luckily, many of the variables that cause injuries are preventable. Here are important steps to remember when you and your family are riding in a passenger van.
Always wear your seatbelt
As obvious as it seems, Arizona drivers routinely suffer severe injuries in collisions on the road due to an improper use of a seatbelt or a complete lack of restraint as a whole. Even though a passenger van seems safer because of its size, distinctive limitations to this vehicle exist because of its size.
After you have loaded any cargo into a passenger van, ensure that you and your family members are using seatbelts for the entire duration of the trip. Avoid slouching, lying down or removing the shoulder restraint if sleeping. Keep an eye on your family and other passengers as well.
Don’t overload the van
If you are using a passenger van to go on a trip or to the airport, make sure luggage and cargo are properly packed, stacked and tied down if need be. The back window should always remain visible and suitcases, coolers and other items should be restrained. Rollovers in passenger vans increase in the severity of the load is too heavy, or if passengers are overloaded and not restrained properly. Never load more people into a van than the recommended capacity.
Due to the size of a passenger van, they have a higher center of gravity, extended length and more weight from cargo. These factors can contribute to a potential rollover situation. Too much weight will only increase these variables.
Avoid distractions on the road
Whether you are the driver of a passenger van or the passenger, stay aware of your surroundings and don’t serve as a distraction! If you are new to driving a passenger van, it is important to remember that, due to the van’s size acceleration, brake sensitivity and steering are radically different from that of an automobile.
Passengers have a responsibility to ensure the driver isn’t distracted by individual or group behavior, even for a moment!
Know what to expect in case of an accident
In the case of an accident that has caused injuries and requires an injury accident claim in Mesa, call an associate at Skousen, Gulbrandsen and Patience LLC to review aspects of your case. We review injury claims in Mesa as well as encourage our clients to pursue legal action if they required medical attention. Contact us today to set up an appointment if you have been the victim of an accident and require representation.