If you have a large family, traveling can be a bit of a hassle. You have to find a way to keep all of your kids buckled up and secure for the entire road trip. Most families with several children have chosen vehicles that can accommodate a crowd, which is why many choose to drive minivans. What you have to realize, however, is that these vans can pose their own dangers.
Vans have a high center of gravity which makes them susceptible to rollovers when taking sharp turns. Add poor weather conditions to the mix and an accident is even more likely. Both seem to have been factors in a recent rollover crash in Southern Colorado.
A family of nine was traveling from Iowa to see family in Alamosa for Memorial Day weekend when they ran into some bad weather. There was rain and hail in Costilla County which pelted the family’s minivan as they drove along US Highway 160. In an instant, the minivan went off the road. The top heavy nature of the van made it rollover violently. Fortunately, all nine passengers survived the wreck, but most suffered serious injuries. The two adults and their seven children, ranging in age from 1 to 14, were all rushed to local hospitals to be treated.
The incident serves as a warning about these types of vehicles and the danger of rollover crashes. As injury lawyers in Colorado Springs, we know that sometimes the manufacturers are at fault for either designing vehicles in a way that makes them more prone to rollovers or not having the proper safety features in place in the event of one. It’s important to always be cautious and to know your rights.
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Source. The Denver Channel, ‘http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/9-people-hurt-in-family-van-crash-during-rain-and-hail-storm-on-la-veta-pass-in-southern-colorado,’ May 25, 2014.