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Van Injury Claims and Lawsuits in Omaha

Vans are useful vehicles for a variety of purposes. Businesses use them for deliveries. Church groups, sports teams, and musicians use them for traveling together to different events. Daycare centers use them to pick up and drop off children, and nursing homes use them to transport residents. Large families and pets use vans to get around town. These vehicles have certain advantages and disadvantages. Although they are convenient and have more capacity than most passenger vehicles, vans come with risks.

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Factors Contributing to Van Crashes

Fifteen passenger vans are taller and longer than cars and other passenger vehicles. The height and length make these vehicles more prone to rollover and more challenging to handle. Drivers may have trouble getting around corners, backing up, or performing some driving maneuvers, which increases the chance of a wreck.

Vans have a high center of gravity that increases proportionately to the number of passengers on board. The risk of a rollover is significantly greater when a van is loaded with ten passengers than when carrying less than five.

Weight distribution is another crucial factor. When a van is loaded to near capacity with passengers, because of the seating configuration, it puts excess weight on the left rear tires. This pressure can cause a blowout or loss of control of the vehicle.

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Types of Van Crashes

Any vehicle can be involved in a traffic crash, but some vehicles are more prone to certain types of wrecks than others. Commonly occurring van collisions include:

  • Rollovers: Because of their high center of gravity, vans are more likely to roll over than other passenger vehicles. The risk of rollover increases with every passenger a van is carrying, much more than it does with pickups and minivans.
  • Blind-side collisions: Because of their height, larger vehicles, such as vans, trucks, and SUVs, have significant blind spots directly behind the vehicle. Van drivers may back into objects or pedestrians, change lanes into another vehicle, or push another vehicle off the road because of these blind spots.
  • Equipment failure: Vans can be modified to accommodate disabled passengers in wheelchairs. Securement systems stabilize the wheelchair while parked in the van. When this equipment fails, the chair can move or tip over, injuring the disabled passenger.

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Types of Claims for Van Crash Injuries

You see many different types of vans in Omaha. These vehicles are used by churches, schools, daycare centers, delivery services, flower shops, assisted living facilities, maintenance crews, shuttle services, and many others. When a van driver causes a collision, the party you file a claim against to recover compensation will depend on who owns the van, who was driving, and how the crash occurred.

Depending on the circumstances, you may have a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver or, for example, against a:

  • Church
  • School
  • Government entity
  • Retail business
  • Daycare center
  • Assisted living facility
  • Nursing home

If the wreck was caused by a defect in the van or any of its parts, you may have a product liability claim against the automobile or parts manufacturer.

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Why You Need a Lawyer

After serious injuries in a van collision, it is important to recover compensation for your losses. Your best chance of being fully compensated is to have an experienced auto accident attorney handling your case.

At Bottlinger Law L.L.C., we are honest, compassionate, and proud of our work ethic. Our Omaha personal injury lawyers have extensive experience handling a wide range of injury cases. Call us at (402) 505-8234 to schedule a free consultation. We can tell you if you have a case and what damages you may be entitled to claim.

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