Grand Junction Van Accident Lawyers
A van can be the ideal vehicle for deliveries, sporting events, and big families. While these vehicles are practical and roomy, they are also more likely to be involved in an accident under certain conditions. Anytime a negligent driver gets behind the wheel, he puts other drivers, pedestrians, and even the van’s passengers in danger of suffering serious injuries. Given the size and weight of these vehicles, van accidents are rarely minor.
If you were injured in a van accident that was not your fault, reach out to Peters & Nolan, LLC. We have spent more than 15 years fighting for accident victims throughout Mesa County and understand how to guide our clients through the claims process. Whether you are going up against a big or small insurance company, you need an experienced Grand Junction van accident attorney at your side. To discuss your case in a free consultation, call us at (970) 243-4357.
Vans have a higher center of gravity than sedans, particularly the longer passenger vans. The profile of a van makes it much more likely to be affected by high winds, poor road design, and sharp turns. The larger blind spots on the sides and rear can also contribute to serious accidents, inflicting injuries on passengers, pedestrians, or other drivers.
Vans can be involved in a range of serious accidents. Here’s why:
- Overloaded Van: Just like all vehicles, vans have a weight limit. A vacationing family may be unaware their vehicle is loaded beyond capacity, filled with children, camping equipment, sports supplies, food, and other items. Delivery vans may be overloaded in an effort to make as many deliveries on one run as possible, and maintenance vans may also be overloaded with tools, heavy equipment, and even workers. An overloaded van is difficult for a driver to control, particularly on turns or if the driver swerves to avoid a road hazard. If the vehicle is overloaded, the driver can cause a rollover, have difficulties coming to a complete stop, or lose cargo.
- Unsecured Cargo in Van: An unsecured load shifting inside the vehicle increases the risk of a rollover or the driver losing control, causing a serious accident. There is also the danger of cargo coming loose and spilling out onto the road, causing multiple accidents.
- Van Rollover: A high center of gravity makes vans more prone to rolling over when making sharp, sudden turns. Risky driving maneuvers such as a rapid swerve or speed up can lead to a rollover as well.
- Passenger Injuries: 15-passenger vans are a common choice for transporting large groups to events and are often used by schools, churches, hotels, and airports. These larger, longer vans have an even higher center of gravity. When operated by an inexperienced driver, this can spell disaster for the passengers. Any unsecured cargo can also endanger passengers in a collision, by crushing or striking them.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a van accident, proving that someone else was negligent is critical if you want a successful claim or lawsuit. Negligence occurs when a van’s driver fails to operate the vehicle with a reasonable level of care to protect the safety of others. Negligent driving conduct can include:
- Driving while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs
- Driving while distracted, such as talking, texting, eating, grooming, or any action that takes the driver’s attention off the roadway
- Driving while drowsy
- Loading the van beyond its weight capacity
- Making unsafe lane changes
- Failing to check the van’s blind spots before merging or turning
To prove that the van driver was negligent, it may be necessary to access their cell phone records, interview eyewitnesses, or engage the services of an accident reconstruction expert. With the help of a car accident lawyer, you can file a claim or lawsuit to pursue compensation for all your damages.
At Peters & Nolan, LLC, our legal team is committed to seeking the maximum amount for our clients in van accident cases. After years of serving the people of Grand Junction, we have gained a reputation for personalized legal care, dedication, and achieving top results, whether in settlements or jury awards. Call (970) 243-4357 today to speak to a Grand Junction auto accident lawyer you can trust to go the distance for you.
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.