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Glendale Passenger Van Accident Lawyers

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When Large Vans Result in Catastrophic Trauma

Passenger vans are a common site around Los Angeles County, from church vans transporting donations to various charities, to small sightseeing vans taking travelers down Hollywood Boulevard. These vehicles are regarded as efficient and easy ways to get up to 15 passengers around busy cities and neighborhoods. However, like any large vehicle, they come with their own risks. Passenger vans tend to have a high center of gravity and are at particular risk for rollovers if the driver loses control. In addition, their blind spots make it easy for a van to side-swipe another car, motorcycle, or bicycle.

A crash with a passenger van can be devasting, leading to serious property damage and painful injuries, especially for pedestrians. If you were struck by a passenger van because of someone else’s negligence, you deserve fair and proper compensation for any injuries you have sustained. At Aghabegian & Associates, PC, our firm has successfully won hundreds of millions of dollars for Glendale and LA County residents involved in catastrophic vehicle accidents and our skilled Glendale passenger van accident attorneys are fully prepared to take on your case.

Contact us at (818) 507-4311 or online to learn what options are available to you after a crash.

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The Dangers of 15-Passenger Vans

Federal agencies are fully aware of the risks of passenger vans, from their prevalence to rollovers to common mechanical malfunctions, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Agency - NHTSA (PDF) , which has produced guidelines for proper passenger van driving conditions. As a result, many manufacturers have worked to redesign these vehicles and add new safety precautions in order to prevent further accidents. However, many older models are still available to rent, lease, or purchase, especially by third-party groups like churches, travel agencies, and maintenance workers.

In addition to their risk of rollovers, passenger vans are also known for having:

  • Underinflated or overused tires
  • Heavy loads, either from equipment or too many passengers
  • Improperly secured equipment within the vehicle or on top of it
  • Wide turning radiuses
  • Large blind spots
  • More time to break and come to a complete stop
  • Long hours of service, which can lead to fatigued driving

When drivers, transportation agencies, or private companies fail to keep an eye out for these dangers, they put both occupants and other drivers at risk for serious injuries.

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Types of Vans Involved in Crashes

There are various types of vans that drive around the streets and highways throughout Los Angeles County, often traveling across multiple neighborhoods. From the suburbs of San Gabriel Valley to the packed streets of downtown LA, you can easily be involved in an accident with a:

  • Church van
  • Small tour van
  • Airport shuttle
  • Hotel transfer shuttles
  • Handicap vans
  • Maintenance vehicles
  • Senior living vans
  • School sports team transportation
  • Rental vans for families or small companies

What ever the purpose of these vans, the company or individual using them should always inspect a vehicle before leasing or renting one for defects, hire a fully trained and experienced driver, and be sure to not overload the vehicle with equipment or passengers.

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What Causes These Accidents?

As mentioned earlier, many older passenger van models are still on the road and they may not have been fully inspected for damage parts and components. If they are driving with older tires or broken seatbelts, they can cause a traumatic injury. Breaks, steering wheels, engines, and lights may all fail when on a busy highway, leading to a serious traffic collision. Companies or individuals who use these vehicles need to inspect them for errors and repair any potential dangers. When they fail to do so, they can be held liable for any injuries.

Beyond mechanical failure, passenger van accidents are also heavily reliant on driver error. If an inexperienced driver gets behind the wheel, is distracted, becomes fatigued, or drives under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they can easily cause serious harm to occupants if they crash into a tree, lamp, or building, or rollover into other vehicles. If the driver was employed by another company or group, such as a church, travel agency, maintenance company, or hotel chain, those companies could also be held liable for any injuries they cause.

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The Importance of Pursuing Compensation

From traumatic brain injuries to multiple broken bones, van accidents can devastate your life. Many LA County residents work paycheck to paycheck or are contract workers and can find it extremely difficult to even pay rent after a serious accident.

Pursing compensation through a personal injury claim could be your best prospect at making a full recovery and getting your life back together. If you are an occupant in a passenger van accident, you are covered under the vehicle’s insurance policy, and can collect damages for:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages or earning capacity
  • Costs related to disfigurement or personal disabilities
  • Adjustments to your home or vehicle if you are disabled after the accident
  • Pain and suffering
  • Wrongful death damages, if you lost a loved one in an accident

Filing a claim may not only be necessary for you, but also your family if you are a head of household or contribute to your household income. Many clients have children, look after siblings, or take care of an aging parent. After an accident, you may have difficulties handling daily tasks and securing your family’s financial future. Recovering damages following a passenger van accident could be your best chance at ensuring a brighter future.

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Compassionate Legal Aid After a Vehicle Accident

Whether you are an occupant, pedestrian, or another driver, the Glendale auto accident attorneys at Aghabegian & Associates, PC will aggressively advocate for your best interests after a traffic collision. We can thoroughly investigate the passenger van’s maintenance records, the driver, and the company who owned the van to determine who was at fault. When preparing your claim, we will not leave a single cent out of your case and can skillfully negotiate against insurance companies to ensure they pay you the money you deserve under their policies.

Get in touch with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney after a passenger van accident by calling us at (818) 507-4311 or contacting us online.

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