If you were involved in a car accident which subsequently resulted in a fire and were seriously injured, please do not hesitate to contact our attorney. He will promptly review your case and help you recover the compensation you deserve.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, over a period of 10 years, the fire departments responded to approximately 2 million vehicle fires in Florida. These fires resulted in 400,000 deaths, 130,000 injured passengers, and over $10 billion in property damage. More than 93% of reported vehicle fires and deaths involved cars, trucks, buses, recreational vehicles, and motorcycles. On average, 31 Florida highway vehicle fires are reported every hour, with at least one person killed per day. Data from the U.S. Fire Administration shows that 93% of highway vehicle fires originate within the vehicle itself: 61% of the fires originate in the engine, the running gear, or the wheel areas of the vehicle, while 15% stem from the passenger area.
In car accidents resulting in a fire, smoke inhalation and burns are major causes of death. Unfortunately, when the fire stems from a car accident, the consequences can be devastating. If the fuel tank of a vehicle leaks, it only takes a few seconds before the flames completely engulfed the car. Any passengers trapped inside, who are either unconscious or severely injured, are likely to suffer fatal burns. Serious burns may require tissue removal or amputation and may even be fatal.
The party responsible for compensating the victim in a car accident which resulted in a fire can be the car manufacturer for unsafe design or unsafe components, as well as the insurance companies with which the third parties work. Liability often becomes clear through a detailed investigation and analysis of the car accident.
Car manufacturers are more concerned about financial benefits than the safety of the passengers and adopt cost-cutting measures. For example, although they are well aware that plastic melts instantly during a fire, many fuel tanks are still made of cheap plastic instead of metal. Oftentimes, manufacturers fail to provide fire shields around fuel tanks to prevent fires. Manufacturers can be held liable in any of the following cases:
As a victim of a fire stemming from a car accident, you are entitled to financial compensation if you ended up sustaining a serious injury such as burns. Our product liability attorney, Sean M. Cleary, will make sure you recover the money you deserve for past and future medical costs, as well as for your physical and emotional distress. Burn injuries from car accidents can be debilitating and thereby victims may be unable to work or to lead a normal life after the car accident.
There is a combination of events that start a fire in a car accident. Consequently, the fire may be caused by human, mechanical, and chemical errors. Many fires caused by car accidents could have been prevented if the manufacturers spent more time, money, and attention to testing the components. A safe automobile design minimizes the risk of fuel fires by providing adequate protection to both the fuel tank and the fuel system. Car accidents result in a fire due to:
The latest car models recalled due to the risk of fire include but are not limited to:
Suffering burns is among the worst injuries possible in any accident. Motor vehicle-related burns fall into one of four categories, with first-degree burns being the least serious and fourth-degree burns being potentially life-threatening.
Many burn victims have skin damage that requires extensive surgeries, lengthy hospital stays, and painful rehabilitation. They may suffer life-long damage. Severe burn injuries may change the quality of life, mobility, or the way a victim is able to complete daily tasks. Victims may be unable to have a normal life or to get employed. Instead, they may spend much of their life dealing with the high costs of medical treatment.
With over 20 years of professional experience, our lawyer, Sean M. Cleary, will provide you with the assistance you need to file a claim against the responsible party in the unfortunate event of a car accident involving an automobile fire. Our accident reconstruction experts will recreate the accident to determine how it really took place, while our legal team will attend to all the necessary documents for your case.
Our law firm, which specializes in product liability, will identify the auto component which malfunctioned and thereby led to the vehicle catching fire. We will pursue the maximum amount of financial compensation from the liable party for your physical and emotional injury.