Vehicle fire

A vehicle fire can often result in devastating catastrophic injuries for those involved. According to US statistics, 550 people die in vehicle fires and another 3,300 are injured in vehicle fires each year. In many situations a vehicle fire is preventable and is actually caused by a defective auto part. If a defective auto component caused, in whole or part, a vehicle fire during which you or a loved one suffered injury or property damage, you may wish to consult with a qualified and experienced attorney who can help you discover your legal rights and options.

In many cases, the exact cause of a vehicle fire may be difficult to determine immediately following an accident. A vehicle fire is often second to a collision which may be triggered by something else. Even in a car accident case where the cause of the accident was another driver's negligence or even your own, a vehicle fire may still be the result of a defective automobile part. A defective auto component may increase the risk of a vehicle fire in an accident that otherwise would not result in a vehicle fire.

Vehicle fire can be particularly dangerous because vehicles produce harmful toxic gasses when they burn. A main factor which contributes to vehicle fire fatalities is carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a clear, odorless, tasteless gas that can be emitted in legal doses during a vehicle fire. A fuel fed vehicle fire is often caused by a defective fuel system or related component that leaks fuel during an accident thereby feeding a vehicle fire. Up to one thousand people die each year as a result of fuel fed vehicle fire injuries.

A vehicle fire can also lead to fatal, debilitating, and disfiguring burn injuries. A vehicle fire can emit heat at an upwards of 1500 degrees Fahrenheit. This is more than seven times the temperature at which water boils. The flames in a vehicle fire can shoot as far as ten feet or more when certain elements are present. Extremely hot debris can also burst and be shot out in any direction during a vehicle fire, threatening the lives of everyone in the vicinity.

After a vehicle fire, an experienced investigator may be called upon to examine the potential causes of the fire. This can often be a difficult job since so many vehicle parts are potential sources of ignition or fuel for a vehicle fire. An investigator may be able to determine the cause of a vehicle fire by piecing together a timeline of events that took place during the incident. An engineering or mechanical evaluation may also be helpful in piecing together the causes of a vehicle fire.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a vehicle fire and sustained damages or personal injury, it is likely that an insurance company investigator or a police investigator has evaluated the case. While these investigations can provide helpful information, a person who has suffered in a vehicle fire would do well to contact a legal professional who can hire a private and experienced vehicle fire investigator who is not biased in any way. If you would like to learn more about your legal rights and options after a vehicle fire, please contact us to speak with a qualified and experienced attorney in your area.



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