December 3, 2012 — If you are the victim of a car fire, you are not alone. Fuel-fed fires are responsible for approximately 400 deaths and thousands of injuries every year, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). These serious accidents can occur due to poor maintenance, electrical failures, or design defects. If your vehicle caught on fire, it should be inspected as soon as possible to determine whether the accident was due to a design defect.
Most fluids in a car are flammable — including oil, gas, and power steering fluids, which are very close to electrical components that can spark a fire. Fuel-fed fires occur when flammable fluids ignite in a car.
These fires often occur after minor, survivable accidents. If you or your loved one was the victim of a car fire, it is possible that a design defect in your car is responsible. If you decide to file a lawsuit, you could potentially receive compensation for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, and more.
In some cases, fuel-fed fires occur after a rear-impact collision, often because the gas tank was not properly protected. Fuel tanks can rupture when they are placed in a vulnerable location in the vehicle (such as behind or below the rear axle) or near protruding bolts that can easily puncture the tank. Sometimes, fuel tanks lack protection, or they are constructed of weak material.
Once the fire begins, it is very difficult to extinguish. Vehicles are often a total loss following a fuel-fed fire. Occupants of the vehicle can also suffer severe burns, smoke inhalation, or death — even if the initial accident was not very serious.
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