Passenger Van Accidents
School passenger vans carry the most precious and vulnerable cargo – our children. These large vehicles carry young children on field trips and disabled children to school. We rely on the van driver and the company or school district for whom the driver works to transport our kids safely. Passenger vans also provide a convenient way for small groups, such as church groups or nursing home residents, to travel for outings. In a similar vein, many airport shuttle services use large passenger vans. Accidents involving passenger vans can be horrific, causing extreme injuries and loss of life. If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a passenger van accident, the dedicated passenger van accident attorneys at Kenneth J. Annis & Associates could help you win the compensation you deserve.
Accidents involving passenger vans can have tragic results. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recognizes the dangers of driving 15-passenger vans. The greatest threat of catastrophic injury or death in a passenger van accident occurs during a rollover crash. The NHTSA has indicated that the rollover danger increases when inexperienced drivers operate these large vehicle that handle differently than a typical passenger car. Payload shifting in an overloaded van also can increase the risk of the vehicle tipping over. Additionally, passenger van tires frequently are several pounds per square inch low. Underinflated tires, worn tires, and the wrong size or grade of tires also pose a rollover accident risk. The van must have tires approved for carrying heavy loads.
Hiring an attorney with experience in successfully handling passenger van accidents is vital to receiving the compensation you deserve. First, there are strict deadlines to follow. For instance, failure to file a claim before the statute of limitations runs out will forever prevent you from receiving any compensation in most cases. An experienced attorney can make sure you do not miss that deadline or other critical deadlines or procedures that adversely impact your legal rights to compensation.
Passenger van accidents can involve many parties. A competent attorney will know which parties to file a claim against. By way of example, your claim could involve filing claims against the driver, the company who employed the driver, the public entity that designed an unsafe road, and perhaps the vehicle manufacturer or tire manufacturer if there was a defect with the vehicle or tires. Each of these parties is a potential defendant if their negligence contributed to the crash.
Successfully proving liability, causation, and damages in a passenger van accident lawsuit often requires careful investigation and crash reconstruction analysis by an industry expert. An experienced attorney can gather the evidence you need and retain appropriate experts to show that your claim is worthy of a just settlement. The attorney will conduct a thorough examination of all of the physical evidence, examine your medical records, and analyze law enforcement reports. Your attorney will determine whether your case requires the opinion of an expert witness to prove things like low tire pressure or inexperienced driving led to the crash.
In addition to proving who was at fault in the accident, you must prove the damages caused by the accident. Your attorney must review all of your medical records from the crash as well as your prior medical history. You might need a physician as an expert witness to determine future medical bills or an actuary to determine loss of future earning potential.
If you were injured or a loved one died in a passenger van accident, we invite you to look to the experienced, dedicated advocates at Kenneth J. Annis & Associates. They are ready, willing, and able to fight for your just compensation. Call the passenger van accident attorneys of Kenneth J. Annis & Associates today at 202-785-2244 to schedule your free consultation.