Car or truck fires are more common than you may believe— almost one out of every five reported fires in the United States involves one or more vehicles. When a vehicle catches fire after an accident it can rapidly turn a manageable ordeal into a life threatening situation. The automotive industry is currently under scrutiny for the many design defects in their products that have led to multiple recalls on parts that have the potential to cause fires in the engine compartment as well as in the fuel system.
What Causes a Vehicle to Catch Fire?
Many people are aware that vehicles are designed to burn highly flammable fuel but incognizant of the fact that aside the gasoline in their fuel tanks; vehicles operate using six different flammable liquids and some of the components of the vehicle itself contain other flammable materials. Leaking fuel, oil or other flammables can ignite when they are exposed to superheated metal or a spark. Fuel systems and engine compartments are designed to prevent and contain such fires but defective design, parts and materials can cause a fire rather than prevent one. Whether an automotive fire is the result of the engine overheating, a leak in the fuel line or an accident— if it is determined that the fire could have been prevented due to defective parts or design, the auto company is liable for the injuries that result.
Common Injuries Sustained in Auto Fires
Vehicle fires are much different than home fires, in which the main materials being consumed in the flames are wood based. Automotive fires involve highly flammable and toxic materials and the injuries sustained by the fire become more severe rapidly as the victim remains exposed. The fumes from the toxic materials involved in the fire are highly deadly and if the victim is not rescued quickly, the fumes alone can claim his or her life.
Explosions can leave the victim with second and third degree burns over large areas of his or her body and if the victim survives, these burns may require extensive medical care and leave him or her scarred for the rest of his or her life. Debris from an explosion can easily cause lacerations and other severe trauma. All of these injuries are life changing, require expensive medical care and require a long and painful recovery to overcome.
The auto product liability attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are here to help you back onto your feet if you have suffered due to injuries caused by vehicle defects. The automotive industry needs to be held accountable whenever their products negatively impact the quality of life of their customers. We have access to experts in medicine as well as accident reconstruction and it is our desire to properly review your case, hold accountable the responsible parties and ensure that you will be able to bear the financial burden of your recovery with the damages that we collect on your behalf.
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