Religious groups, schools and other similar organizations regularly use15-passenger vans for transportation. Unfortunately, these vans often have safety issues that lead to product liability cases. Hundreds of people have been injured and killed in 15-passenger van accidents. That prompted investigations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.
The biggest safety concern with 15-passenger vans is that the vehicle’s center of gravity shifts upward and rearward when it is loaded to capacity, putting the passenger’s lives at risk. The vehicle is difficult to handle and more prone to roll over, especially during a sharp turn. This is primarily because the van’s design is derived from 8 and 9 passenger vans. Rather than altering its wheelbase for more stability, the manufacturers simply bolted on an additional passenger compartment to the rear.
Product liability attorneys at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath have represented numerous clients in cases against the two major manufacturers of 15-passenger vans: Ford and Chrysler. In fact, our firm is believed to be the first in the country to convince two Florida courts to allow punitive damages against Chrysler for the design of their 15-passenger van. This move encouraged Chrysler to begin settling 15-passenger van cases around the country. As a result, attorneys from all over the United States have requested our assistance with 15-passenger van cases.
Our Florida product liability attorneys will gladly accept referrals on 15-passenger van cases as well as any other personal injury issue. If you or someone you know has been injured, please contact us immediately.