MiniVan Accidents and Children

Car accidents are the leading cause of death for individuals under 24. Minivan car accidents stats show that these types of vehicles are susceptible to rollovers from strong winds, sharp turns and overloaded trunks. This is especially true with inexperienced and distracted drivers.  Many popular minivans have performed poorly in crash tests.  Children in car accidents are more prone to injuries or fatalities given their smaller size and weight.  Also, a vehicle that does not meet crash-worthy standards increases the risk of serious injury or death.  If you or a loved one suffered an injury in a minivan, call minivan car accident attorney Tim Houten of Middleton.

Unsafe Minivans and Why

A recent test conducted by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) indicated that only the Nissan Sienna minivan passed their small overlap front crash test in which a vehicle crashed into another car or pole.  The other models–Chrysler Town and Country, Dodge Grand Caravan and Nissan Quest–performed poorly.  Because more of the van’s body is outside of the vehicle structure in these models, the force of a collision cannot be fully absorbed by the main body. Consequently, the van’s structure would collapse around the driver.

Minivans and SUVs share the unsafe characteristic of having a higher center of gravity and narrow track so that quick maneuvers can result in instability and a serious accident.

Children and Car Accidents

Small children are usually, or should be, in an approved car seat in the back of the vehicle while older children may be in the front with you.  In a collision, children may suffer injuries from the air bag deployment so it is essential that your child be strong or big enough to withstand the forces of a deployment or have them sit in the rear.

Children suffer the same injuries as adults in a collision including head injuries, broken limbs, and spinal injuries and scarring.  Parents expect that special focus and attention be given to their injured child and motor vehicle accident Attorney Tim Houten, with his decades of experience in handling car accidents with children, appreciates that concern.  Mr. Houten handles these claims with empathy and a dedication by ensuring your child’s medical care and expenses are met and keeping you fully appraised of the progress of your child’s claim.

Larger Vans Pose More Risk

School, churches, large employers and other organizations have used large vans to transport athletes, worshippers, employees or fans to work or special events.  Many have come to realize that these vans are dangerous and have been involved in dangerous accidents with serious injuries and deaths.  If most children or passengers gravitate to the back of the van or the area behind the rear axle, it can destabilize the vehicle. An additional destabilizing factor is if the van has poorly inflated tires.

Many large vans and minivans have poorly constructed or designed roofs or lack sufficient roof and pillar strength to prevent crushing injuries if the vehicle turns over.  Minivan car accident stats show that vans along with SUVs and some other vehicles are in over 300,000 rollover accidents annually.

Precautions to Take

When operating a minivan, take time to consider these safety measures to prevent minivan car accidents:

  • Be sure the tires are properly inflated.
  • All young children need to be in approved safety seats.
  • Do not overload the van. The owner’s manual should state what loads are sufficient. Heavy loads should be centered in the vehicle.
  • Do not speed. About 40% of rollover accidents involve vans that were traveling over the speed limit.
  • Take extra caution on rural roads without barriers. Most fatal rollovers occur on country roads.

Damages in a Minivan Accident

When a child is injured in a car or van accident, the world stands still for the parents.  In rollover accidents, children suffer from broken limbs, internal injuries, permanent disfigurement, traumatic brain injuries, and paralysis.  Call Middleton minivan car accident attorney Tim Houten if your child has suffered injuries in such accidents. You damages may include:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Rehabilitation or physical therapy expenses
  • Cost of homecare assistance
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional trauma

For over 30 years, Tim Houten has been representing parents and children in car accidents who sustained serious and catastrophic injuries.  Armed with a desire to hold the responsible parties accountable for the needless suffering of injured children and their families, Mr. Houten has successfully fought car insurance companies and the insurance trial lawyers and obtained the compensation for his clients that they need and deserve.  Call his office today for a free assessment of your child’s minivan or other car accident injuries.