Car Accident Fires

Car Accident Fires

car accident fires

The typical American car or SUV carries 12 to 20 gallons of gas, and just one gallon of gasoline has the same explosive potential as six sticks of dynamite. Recognizing the significant danger to motorists, auto engineers put considerable time and effort into engineering safe fuel systems. Largely, these efforts have been successful, and it is now unusual for a car, SUV, van or truck to explode or catch on fire during an accident. However, these fires still happen when the vehicle has a faulty fuel system. When a vehicle does catch fire, a full investigation into possible design defects should be considered. Our lawyers handling car accident fires have experience in all areas of product liability lawsuits and auto defect litigation. Our award-winning team has the experience and skill to fight for your rights. You can also visit @burninjurylawyers to arrange a free case analysis.

Common Car Fire Defects

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), vehicle fires accounted for at least 13% of all fire deaths in 2018 – and fires in highway vehicles occurred at the rate of one every 2 minutes and 54 seconds. In most cases, these car fires are directly caused by gas tank defects and faulty fuel systems. Because cars and other motor vehicles are powered by a combination of complex mechanical and electrical systems, car manufacturers and sellers have a strong “duty of care” to ensure that their vehicles are reasonably safe for consumers. When they fail to meet this duty of care, they may be held liable for your losses.

Car Fires Are Frequently Caused By The Following Defects:

  • Overheating catalytic converters
  • Gas tanks located outside of the protective frame
  • Poorly-designed car batteries
  • Electrical system failure
  • Lack of proper airflow and cooling for exhaust
  • Gas tanks placed in the “crush zone”
  • Spilled flammable fluids
  • Faulty filler necks
  • Short circuits
  • Fuel leakages
  • Defective anti-siphoning devices

Benefits And Compensation In Car Accident Fires

Although it’s possible to sustain a wide range of catastrophic injuries in a car accident, some of the worst injuries occur when the car combusts into flames post-crash. Burn injuries are among the most painful, debilitating injuries anyone can suffer, and third-degree burn victims require intensive burn care in a specialized treatment center or ICU. If you were burned in a car fire because of someone else’s negligence, you deserve answers and you may also deserve compensation.

Losses and damages you may qualify for in a faulty fuel system lawsuit:

  • Medical treatment costs
  • Hospitalization and burn center admission
  • Long-term care and assisted living arrangements
  • Disability and disfigurement
  • Past and future lost wages
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering

Case Results for Car Fire Claims

The car fire accident lawyers have prevailed for many clients who have been injured or lost a loved one because a faulty fuel system caused an explosion or fuel-fed fire after a collision. They’ve represented clients in many cases where fuel tanks were placed in the crush zone or outside of the protective frame of the car, making them vulnerable to an explosion. In addition, they handle cases involving faulty filler necks and defective anti-siphoning devices that allowed fuel to leak after a collision, causing a fuel-fed fire.

These cases took years of tireless work against scores of defense attorneys attorneys, in order to get justice for our clients in these matters. In the case of the Chevy Malibu car fire, our car fire injury lawyers proved that GM had placed profits over people, injuring passengers and putting thousands of others at risk of injury or death from car fires.

Why Choose Our Fire Injury Lawyers

Our car fire lawyers have resources few can match. They possess access to an evidence warehouse, which allows us to store burned vehicles and other evidence. We also employ a staff of investigative experts and demonstrative evidence experts who help us understand the causes of a particular accident and prepare clear, convincing evidence that a jury can understand.

Contact Our Attorneys Handling Car Accident Fires

If you were harmed or a family member died in a car fire because of an accident, a defective fuel system or other defect, let our burn accident lawyers put our knowledge, experience, and strength to work for you. They represent car fire and burn injury survivors nationwide. Please contact them here for a free case analysis.