Our Illinois truck accident lawyers recently learned of an accident that occurred when an overcrowded van experienced tire problems and rolled over several times, killing the driver and injuring nineteen other people involved. Washingtonpost.com released that the crash took place at about 7:10pm on Saturday in a small Florida community about sixty miles southeast of Orlando. Highway Patrol officials reported that the rubber from at least one tire separated from the van’s wheel, causing it to roll over towards a center median of the road.
Investigators say the van was holding about fifteen people when it overturned, in addition to numerous pieces of luggage from the passengers. A forty-six year old woman was ejected from the van and was pronounced dead at the scene. Three people in the van had to be airlifted to nearby hospitals with moderate injuries. Many children were also injured, although the report does not specify if the children were passengers in the van or not.
Authorities say that in total, nineteen people were injured as a result of the accident. Troopers are currently trying to determine how many times the van rolled, as well as how many people were wearing seatbelts. A highway patrol spokeswoman describes it as “very fortunate” that only one person was ejected considering the large number of people inside.
Overloading vehicles like large vans, pick up trucks, or SUVs is not uncommon in Illinois and across the country. Often times, vehicles are filled with up with twice as many passengers as the vehicle is designed to safely hold in order for drivers to transport a large number of passengers to their destinations in one trip. From the perspective of our attorneys, driving a large amount of passengers inside of a single vehicle can be extremely dangerous. The drivers of these vehicles may have blocked sight lines and have trouble seeing other vehicles and pedestrians through his windows or mirrors. Even at low speeds, an accident with an overloaded vehicle can be deadly for those inside and those nearby.
We agree that the accident described in the above report would most likely have been less severe if there were not as many people riding in the van. We are aware of the seriousness of accidents with overloaded vehicles and understand that those involved can suffer life-altering consequences. If you or someone you know has suffered serious injuries, medical expenses, or property damage as a result of a negligent truck driver, please contact us for more information.