Seattle Van Accident Attorneys
Help for Van Collision Victims throughout Washington
While all types of vehicles come with their own sets of dangers, vans have a unique and extremely dangerous set of hazards that can lead to devastating accidents. Countless family and passenger van crashes occur throughout Washington every year because of these dangers.
In the event of a crash, everyone within a vehicle can be severely hurt in mere moments. If you have been harmed in a crash, know that recovery is possible. But you will need to understand your rights and what led to your devastating accident.
A free consultation is available by calling Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. at (888) 228-3860. Our Washington van accident lawyers have found success in countless cases across multiple decades in protecting injured victims. Through a consultation, you can have access to knowledge and insight that we have gained over the years to protect your rights and prevent committing serious mistakes in your case.
What Makes Vans So Dangerous?
Vans are inherently dangerous because of their design. While these vehicles can be involved in crashes like any other vehicle, their form can lead to worse incidents and accidents that no other type of vehicle could cause.
The serious dangers that effect vans include:
- Rollover Hazards – Vans have a higher center of gravity than most vehicles on the road. As such, they are more likely to tip over or suffer a rollover crash. If the van is involved in a collision, suffers a tire blowout, or otherwise swerves, the momentum of the vehicle can easily lead to a rollover. Passengers are likely to suffer severe injuries or be ejected from the vehicle if not buckled in.
- Improper Loading – Vans are often used to carry both large amounts of cargo and passengers, often both at the same time. If these are unevenly loaded in the van or are not restrained properly, they can shift in the car, harming passenger. Additionally, accidents may send these hazards flying and hitting anyone in the vehicle.
- Unusual Handling – Vans brake slower, turn wider, and handle differently than other types of passenger vehicles. If a driver is inexperienced, untrained, or negligent, he or she can easily cause a crash that should have never happened. This can also contribute to rollovers and accidents involving improperly-loaded cargo.
After a crash, you may be dealing with broken bones, head trauma, spinal cord damage, muscle injuries, internal organ damage, and more. In order to recover, you will need extensive medical procedures, but these may cost thousands of dollars. However, by proving that your injuries were caused by someone else, you can receive compensation to pay for your losses.
Who Is Responsible for Your Losses in Washington?
Since vans can be involved in many types of vehicles, there are several different parties who may be responsible for your crash. Typically, drivers, vehicle manufacturers, companies who own fleets of vans are the ones responsible for a crash.
Drivers who operate a vehicle negligently may be the only cause behind a crash, as their handling of the van may be the sole reason why the accident happened in the first place. When defects or dangers within the design or manufacturing of the vehicle are the reason why a van crashed, the company that made the vehicle can be held responsible. When the van is owned by a company, such as airport transportation vehicles, they are responsible when their neglect leads to a crash.
In any case, it is vital that you determine who is ultimately responsible for your crash and injuries. Through thorough evidence, you will be able to prove who caused the accident, who the crash happened, and what amount of compensation you will need in order to recover to the best of your abilities.
A Skilled Seattle Van Accident Attorney Dedicated to Your Needs
At Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., our Seattle van accident attorneys have spent decades protecting the victims of devastating crashes. If you have been harmed in a crash, our years of success can be put to your use so that you can have the best chance of success in your case. Whatever injuries you may be currently dealing with, start off your case with a free consultation by calling us at (888) 228-3860 and gain the insight you need to begin making the right choices right now.
Van Accident Recoveries
- $1,925,000 recovery for wrongful death van accident in Duvall.