As summer is fast approaching in Maryland, everyone from families to friends to college students may be busy planning a trip to have some fun in the sun. While there are many modes of transport that can take you to your seasonal destination, large groups of travelers will likely need a large vehicle that can safely accommodate everyone. One such option for big groups of vacationers is a 15-passenger van, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is urging church groups, colleges, and others who may utilize this type of van for travel to take specific steps to keep occupants safe.
The NHTSA offers the following safety tips for drivers and passengers of 15-passenger vans:
- Do not overload the vehicle, which can increase the chance of a MD rollover crash and may make the vehicles more unstable in regards to handling maneuvers;
- As a van owner, make sure the vehicle is properly maintained. Suspension and steering components should be inspected according to the manufacturer’s schedule and parts should be replaced/repaired as needed. Also, tires should be the appropriate size.
- All occupants in the van should wear their safety belts, which can help prevent serious injury in the event of an accident.
- Van owners should make sure anyone driving the vehicle is licensed and has experience operating this type of van.
- Before any trip, tires should be checked for proper inflation and to make sure there are no signs of wear or damage. The owner’s manual will have information on the correct tire size and inflation pressure.
While 15-passenger vans are great way to transport large groups of Maryland residents, they can also be dangerous if the vehicle is not properly maintained or an inexperienced driver is at the wheel. If you have been involved in a 15-passenger van accident, contact an Annapolis personal injury attorney with the law firm of Alpert Schreyer. We protect the rights of accident victims and make every effort to ensure full compensation is awarded. Call (844) 632-7274 for a no-cost consultation.