Circumstances surrounding fatal crashes involving 15-passenger vans, 1985-2004

The objective of this report was to document the circumstances surrounding fatal crashes that involved at least one 15-passenger van over the twenty year period, 1985 - 2004. The study covered 1,610 vans and drivers and a total of 8,594 occupants. The study found that restraint use was very low among the occupants of these vehicles. Fifty-six percent of the drivers killed were unrestrained, as were 57 percent of front-seat passengers, and 71 percent of rear seat occupants. Restraint use also fell as occupancy rose. Overall, only 19 percent of those killed were restrained. Rollover was a major factor in these crashes. Sixty-three percent of those killed died in a crash involving a rollover. As has been found in previous research, the likelihood of rollover rose dramatically with increases in occupancy beyond 7-8 occupants. Tire failure was an issue in both rollovers and fatalities. Nearly 10 percent of the fatalities and 16 percent of incapacitating injuries occurred in crashes involving a tire-related factor. Ninety-six percent of the vehicles with a tire failure rolled over.

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  • Corporate Authors:

    Center for Transportation Safety. Texas Transportation Institute

    College Station, Texas  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Willis, D K
  • Publication Date: 2006-3


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 11p
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: TTI-2006-3

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01388705
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 23 2012 1:13AM