Passenger vans that can transport as many as 15 people at once are popular choices as airport shuttles and for school and church groups. But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warns that these vehicles can be hazardous if safety concerns are ignored.
If you carry passengers in one of these kind of vans or ride in one yourself with a group, keep the following in mind:
-- Always buckle yourself in and make sure that others do, too.
-- Vans should never be overloaded, as carrying too much weight destabilizes the vehicles and heightens the risk of rollover accidents.
-- Under- or over-inflated tires can present additional hazards to passengers and others on the road.
-- Only permit experienced licensed drivers to operate the van.
-- Make sure the van receives regular maintenance to keep it from breaking down on the highway.
If you get into an accident while riding in a van or shuttle bus, you may face catastrophic injuries that could leave you with permanent disabilities. Even if your injuries are not quite that severe, you may have to spend some time in-patient at the hospital. You may also need to transition to a rehab facility to relearn activities of daily living in order to continue to live independently. At the very least, you will likely be out of work for some time while you recover.
If a driver's negligent actions caused or contributed to your injuries in the accident, you may be able to recover your damages by filing a personal injury lawsuit in the Illinois civil courts.
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "Consumer Advisory: NHTSA Offers Tips for Safe Travel in 15-Passenger Vans," accessed June 17, 2016