Cars shouldn’t catch fire, here’s why
Texas Car Fire Attorneys
Car fires are one of the primary causes of serious or fatal burn injuries in the United States. These fires are especially dangerous because they create a high-intensity heat and expel toxic gases. Burn injuries are the most devastating and debilitating injuries a person can suffer. For those who are burned, life changes in an instant.
A safe automobile design is manufactured to minimize the risk of fuel fed fires by providing passengers with adequate protection to the fuel tank and system.
While the majority of motor vehicle systems are relatively safe, design flaws that can cause vehicle fires are more common than you might think. Every major car company has recalled at least on vehicle because of the threat of a vehicle fire.
Fuel Tank Defects
The design of a vehicle in relation to the fuel tank location has been a long-standing issue among auto manufacturers. Where a fuel tank is located is vital to protecting vehicle occupants from fire dangers associated with explosions and damage to the tank during a collision. Some of the causes of defective vehicle fuel systems include:
- Poor fuel tank design
- Vulnerable fuel tank location, near parts that could potentially puncture
- Defective fuel lines
- Poor fuel line design, increasing the risk for leaking
Material Design Flaws
Cars should also be designed to protect occupants should a fire break out. An adequate firewall between the engine and passenger compartment should exist. Manufacturers are required to use fire-resistant materials and they should be running safety test programs to ensure the firewall works.
In contrast to vehicle fires ignited by fuel line defects and poor manufacturer designs, electrical fires often begin in the dashboard region of a vehicle as a result of bad wiring or other electronic problems housed in that region of the vehicle.
Vehicle Fires In The News
Police in Arlington are investigating a recent vehicle fire that killed a female driver. They believe the woman pulled off to the side of the road because of car trouble caused by leaking fuel. The vehicle was struck and quickly caught fire. A good Samaritan passing by tried to assist but the vehicle fire progressed too quickly and the female driver was trapped inside. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
A male in his 20’s died when his car crashed into a tree and burst into flame in Northeast Austin, south of U.S. Highway 183. According to police, the man took a curve too fast, drove his car into the median and then into a tree. The car burst into flames. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
A 44-year-old woman and her 25-year-old son were killed in Beaumont when their car collided with a pickup truck that had been stolen, police say. When rescuers arrived on scene, the two vehicles were sandwiched together and were burning. The occupants of the stolen truck were ejected from the vehicle.
What Texas Car Fire Attorneys Can To Do Help
Manufacturers of defective auto equipment and vehicles must be held responsible for the electrical fires, fuel tank explosions and equipment failure that may have been prevented with proper attention, care and notification. If you, or someone you love, have been injured or killed due to a vehicle fire, contact The Carlson Law Firm as soon as possible. We have a team of experienced Auto Product Liability Attorneys who are prepared to help you with you claim. We have offices across the state of Texas, and are available to you 24/7. Contact us today for a free, no obligation case evaluation. Se habla español.
- Written by Jill Fowler