At least three people have died in a single-vehicle crash
involving a multi-passenger van in Chester County, Pennsylvania, according to
breaking news coverage.
The afternoon crash on Oct. 16, 2019, on Route 1 southbound,
near the Newark Road Exit, in New Garden Township, reportedly left eight others
injured, some of them critically.
What’s known at this time from news reports is that the van
overturned. Two people were ejected, and some were trapped inside. It is presently
unknown how many passengers the van was designed to hold. However, there are
many vans on U.S. roadways that are designed for 15 passengers.
Pose Roll-Over Risks
Feldman Shepherd attorney Alan Feldman said that 15-passenger
vans are notorious for roll-over risks. Feldman’s legal practice focuses on
crashworthiness claims, which are catastrophic personal injury cases in which the
vehicle itself, because of its unsafe design or the absence of necessary safety
features, fails to protect the occupants from injury. He said it is
well-recognized that these vans have significant stability and handling
problems, which are exacerbated when the vans become fully loaded.
“Fifteen-passenger vans are notoriously unstable
and have accounted for too many serious injuries and deaths. Our firm has
substantial experience with these kinds of auto defect claims, and we are
available to discuss potential cases arising from unsafe multi-passenger vans,”
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