Many churches throughout the state of Ohio readily rely upon large passenger vans to transport adults and children to church-related events. The safety of these types of 15-passenger vans, however, has come into question amid cautions by the National Transportation Safety Board of an increased likelihood of rollover accidents.
One recent rollover accident involving a 15-passenger van resulted in the death of one young girl. The accident occurred as nine children and adults traveled along an Interstate on their way to a church service.
According to the police accident report, the driver of the van lost control of the vehicle which then began to fishtail. The van became unsteady and began to roll. At this time, police believe the 11-year-old girl was thrown from the vehicle which subsequently rolled over onto the young girl.
All of the passengers traveling in the van suffered injuries that required medical attention. The 11-year-old girl was the only fatality. Investigators continue to piece together information that may help determine the cause of the accident as well as whether the girl was wearing a seat belt when the van rolled over.
Individuals who are impacted by rollover accidents often suffer serious injuries that require medical attention. In some unfortunate cases, such as this one, these types of injuries prove fatal. Family members who have suffered the loss of a loved one in a rollover accident may choose to take legal action in the form of a wrongful death lawsuit. Doing so can help family members recover compensation to pay for those costs often associated with the sudden death of a loved one.
Source: KATU.com, "Van in which girl died more likely to roll over, government says," Dan Cassuto, Sep. 24, 2013