A car collision can turn deadly when a fuel tank is punctured, and a fuel-fed fire explodes into flames that engulfs the car and passengers. While most car fires are not caused by collisions, collisions are responsible for most car fire fatalities. Walkup personal injury attorney understand how to prosecute these cases.
According to AAA and the National Fire Protection Association, there were 266,000 car fires in 2004 that resulted in 520 deaths. Every year in the U.S., more people die in vehicle fires than apartment fires. In addition to deaths, there are tens of thousands of serious burn injuries from car fires.
If you or a family member have been burned in a car fire, or if a family member has died in a vehicle fire, talk to burn attorney Samakow.
Types Of Motor Vehicle Fires
- Car crash fires: A rear-end collision may damage a gas tank or a drive shaft may pierce the gas tank. Badly placed gas tanks and unshielded fuel systems can cause fuel-fed fires and serious burns or wrongful death.
- Faulty wiring car fires: Ignition system wires and other car electrical system wiring can short out and cause a spark that causes a car fire.
- Fluid leak car fires: Damaged fuel lines, hoses, caps, and filters can cause flammable fluid leaks that catch fire.
- Exhaust system fires: An improperly installed muffler and exhaust system can ignite a dangerous car fire.
A fuel-fed car fire is rarely a slowly growing fire. The fire-fed by gas, oil, grease, and other flammable liquids-expands quickly, causing severe burns to people in or near the car, including those trying to rescue people in the car.
Car fire burn injuries can require years of medical treatment, skin grafts, and cosmetic repairs. National Burn Injury Attorney Samakow has the investigative and trial experience to determine fire causes and to obtain fair and just compensation for medical bills, loss of wages, and pain and suffering.