One man was killed and another seriously injured when the van they were riding in left the road in Osceola County and overturned on U.S. 192 Wednesday, June 1, around 5 p.m.
The Orlando Sentinel reports a 41-year-old passenger in the 2002 GMC van from Kissimmee was killed in the crash. A 40-year-old Kissimmee man was driving the van and was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center in serious condition. The FHP says the westbound van was in the left lane when it hit a curb after drifted into the median, causing the driver to lose control and overturn the vehicle on the north shoulder of the road. Charges could be filed pending the outcome of an investigation, according to the FHP.
The article does not say whether or not the driver or passenger was wearing a seat belt. Let’s keep the man who passed in our prayers as well as the other man who is recovering from his injuries.
Unfortunately, some of the most dangerous vehicles on the road are vans, and scarily, they are commonly used by school, church and athletic outings and by hotels. The 15-passenger van is one of the most dangerous vehicles on the road, because it is top heavy with an extended back. Because four people sit behind the rear axle in a sudden move the rear can swing out.
CBS News reports that when fully loaded, these vans are three times more likely to roll over. With about 500,000 of these vans on the road, at least 424 people have been killed in rollovers involving 15-passenger vans since 1990.
While Ford builds most of the 15-passenger vans, GM does too, with a longer wheel base, which lowers the chance of a sideway skid. But the GM van is still top heavy just like the Ford van.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a 15-passenger van accident in Florida, contact Farah & Farah. Our Florida van rollover attorneys can help you understand your legal options during your free consultation. Call us today so we can get started on protecting your rights.
Sources: http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2011-06-01/news/os-fatal-rollover-crash-on-192-20110601_1_van-fhp-crash and http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/04/17/60II/main506479.shtml