When a vehicle catches fire after an accident the situation can rapidly turn life-threatening. The most common car defects associated with fires are fuel system or electrical system defects. Both electrical and fuel-fed fires are often caused by manufacturing or design defects.
Vehicles are not supposed to spontaneously combust, and if they do, very often this can be a sign of some form of defect. At the same time, vehicle fires are more common than we may believe; almost one out of every five reported fires in the United States involves one or more vehicles.
That is why 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 fuel system as well as in the engine compartment. Both electrical and fuel-fed fires are often caused by defective design choices in the automobile or truck at issue. If it is determined that the fire was caused by defective parts or design, the auto company is liable for the injuries that result.
Several main types of vehicle defects can result in fire and have fatal consequences for vehicle occupants:
Motorists trapped inside a vehicle that is on fire may be at extreme risk of being injured, as these fires can reach the passenger cabin in little time. Even before the fire spreads, motorists may develop serious health issues because of toxic gases released from the fire.
While car fires may sometimes be the result of sheer accident, many are the responsibility of a car manufacturer, something which the lawyer at The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary believes is important for all residents of Miami to know. When it is the fault of the car manufacturer, a victim of a car fire can often seek legal recourse and financial compensation from the manufacturer for their negligence.
As auto fires are mainly the result of traffic collisions or manufacturing defects, preventing them is rarely possible. However, certain measures can reduce the risks of being injured in such an event. Follow NFPA's (National Fire Protection Association) tips on how to prevent a car fire:
If you notice the following danger signs, take action immediately:
A well-maintained vehicle is less likely to catch fire. Also, to considerably reduce the chances of being involved in auto fire, avoid smoking inside your car. Call our Miami office today for a free case evaluation and for legal representation.
When malfunctions cause car fires, people may sustain devastating injuries. Vehicle collision fires may result in the following severe injuries:
All of these injuries are life-changing, require extensive and ongoing medical care - possibly involving surgical removal of the scar tissue - and a long and painful recovery to overcome.
An important thing to remember about vehicle fires in Florida is that each case occurs in different circumstances; so, we can only answer this question in general terms.
When car fires are related to negligent manufacturing designs or defects, car companies are responsible for resulting injuries. If car manufacturers fail to order recalls for dangerous issues or their products negatively impact the quality of life of customers, they can be held accountable. If another motorist caused the collision leading to the fire, the at-fault driver may also be liable for your medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering.
The auto product liability lawyer at The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary is eager to review your claim and any concerns you may have about your accident. We have access to experts in medicine as well as accident reconstruction and we desire to review your case, hold accountable the responsible parties and ensure that you can face the financial burden of your recovery with the damages that we collect on your behalf.
If you were injured in a vehicle fire, you might face expensive medical care and a lack of income due to missed time from work. We are here to help you back onto your feet if you have suffered due to injuries caused by vehicle defects. Contact us today to set up a free consultation so that we can advise you on how to proceed.