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When a group of people are looking for transportation to the same location they often utilize a 15 passenger bus. These vehicles serve many purposes and are often rented by church groups, sports teams, or any other kind of large group of people who are seeking to travel to a particular destination together. Organizations choose to rent or purchase these vehicles to make transportation more efficient and often to ensure that all members of the group arrive at the destination safely.

Unfortunately, however, 15 passenger bus accidents occur far more often than many Oklahoma residents would imagine. The large size and structure of a typical 15 passenger bus makes it difficult to maneuver in tight spaces, decreases stoppage time, and has a significant blind spot. Therefore, these vehicles are often vulnerable to be involved in some kind of motor vehicle collision if not operated with extreme caution and care.

Edwards Law Firm has seen a countless number of Oklahoma auto accidents. Having successfully won over $100 million in past verdicts and settlements, our Tulsa personal injury attorneys understand what it requires to successfully try a case. As such, we apply our vast knowledge, extensive experience, and deep passion for the law to create cases that achieve the maximum compensation possible for our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured in a 15 passenger bus accident, Edwards Law Firm is here to help.

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15 Passenger Bus Crash Statistics

Starting back in the 1990s, public officials have expressed concerns related to 15 passenger vans and buses. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reported as many as 1,512 fatalities due to 15 passenger bus accidents between the years of 1994 and 2004. This 10 year period shed light on the various dangers involved with this form of transportation. As such, the NTSB requested additional regulations in 2001, as well as improvements to designs to prevent traffic crashes.

Due to their high center of gravity, 15 passenger buses are susceptible to rollover accidents. Whether the vehicle is fully loaded or almost fully loaded, these particular vans are three times as likely to rollover as vans containing fewer than five passengers. Therefore, all of those who own or operate a 15 passenger bus must exercise extreme caution at all times.

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Causes of 15 Passenger Bus Accidents

Private organizations and universities often use 15 passenger buses to travel from one destination to another. While the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimates that the crash rate for these vehicles is lower than that of passenger vehicles, the risk of a crash is much higher in 15 passenger buses. The vans design and structure contribute to the variance in handling capability for the drivers and many of those who think they are equipped to operate a 15 passenger bus are unable to do so.

Some of the most common causes of 15 passenger van collisions are as follows:

  • Lack of safety features

  • Driver negligence

  • Overloading the vehicle beyond its weight capacity

  • Lack of seat belt use

  • Tires deteriorate and thus cause tire blowouts

If you or a loved one has been injured during a 15 passenger bus crash, you may be entitled to compensation for the losses you have endured. From medical expenses to lost wages and any other associates costs in between, Edwards Law Firm is prepared to work tirelessly in pursuit of justice for you and your family members.

Federal Regulations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is responsible for governing the rules and regulations regarding 15 passenger vans. The FMCSA oversees everything related to commercial motor vehicles (CMV) in the United States. These regulations focus on record maintenance and compliance, safety training and related qualifications for drivers, and rules against the use of drugs and/or alcohol while operating these vehicles.

Contact an Experienced Tulsa Accident Lawyer Today

Edwards Law Firm has been providing professional legal services to residents of Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas for many, many years. With the ability to practice law in three different states, our skilled team of personal injury attorneys has gained an unmatched knowledge of personal injury law and how to protect innocent accident victims. If you or a loved one has been involved in a 15 passenger bus accident, Edwards Law Firm is prepared to take on your case today.

From medical costs to pain and suffering, we believe that when the negligence of another driver causes injury or harm to you and your loved ones, this negligent party deserves to pay for their actions. As such, we work hard to craft a case that awards our clients the maximum compensation possible.

To get started, simply fill out a Free Case Review form at your earliest convenience.

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