Accidents Can Ignite Cars

A car on fire with an ambulance pulling up

Accidents Can Ignite Cars.

Vehicle crashes at high speeds result in significant damage, serious injuries, and expensive medical bills. Automobile fires increase danger exponentially. Collisions and overturns only account for 3% of car fires, but they are responsible for 58% of all fatalities. Each day, approximately 744 cars ignite and there is at least one fatality. Mechanical and electrical defects most frequently cause vehicles to combust. Gas, windshield wiper fluid, and oil are extremely flammable, especially when you are traveling at 70 miles per hour. A simple fluid leak can ignite your entire vehicle in seconds. If the fire reaches the gas tank, a forceful explosion may result. No matter the cause, car fires can be deadly.

Vehicle Fire Safety Precautions

If your car ignites or starts to smoke, follow these safety tips:

  • Get off the road immediately
  • Turn off the ignition
  • Remove yourself and passengers promptly
  • Leave behind possessions
  • Get as far away from the vehicle as possible
  • Call the fire department for assistance
  • Contact medical personnel if you or a passenger are injured
  • Do not return to the car

Thorp Law Fights for Fire Victims

If the negligence of an auto manufacturer or another motorist causes your car to catch fire, then you may be able to recover. An experienced attorney can help you obtain compensation for car damage, medical bills, and other expenses. Thorp Law has vast experience standing up for accident victims.