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Indianapolis Star: 15 Passenger Van Rollover Sparks Safety Concerns, Wigington Interview

Jun 06, 2019

A 15-passenger van rollover involving two Amish families killed five members and injured 11. A tire on the van later revealed a hole that resulted in a blowout, a common occurrence with the 15-passenger vans

The Indianapolis Star reported that 74 percent of all 15-passenger vans have at least one tire that is not properly inflated, with rollovers subsequently ensuing. Jeff Wigington, of Wigington Rumley Dunn & Blair LLP, was contacted for his take on the issue.

“The problem with these vans is that they have a high center of gravity, a narrow track width and a short wheelbase, which makes them much more likely to tip over in an accident,” he said. “It all only gets worse with the more people you put in the van.”

“These vans are an accident waiting to happen,” said Wigington. “I wouldn’t let my child ride in one. They’re too dangerous.”