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Advocates for People Killed or Injured in Dallas Vehicle Fires

When a vehicle catches fire in a crash, it can cause serious or fatal injuries. Victims who survive a vehicle fire may be permanently disabled or disfigured and face a lifetime of pain and suffering. When drivers or passengers die in a vehicle fire, surviving family members may be facing serious financial hardships along with the tragic loss of a loved one.

Facts About Vehicle Fires

  • An estimated 212,500 vehicle fires caused 560 deaths and 1,500 injuries to U.S. civilians in a recent year, as reported by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
  • Vehicle fires caused 1.6 times as many deaths as apartment fires.
  • Fires in vehicles account for 16% of the 1.3 million fires reported to fire departments in the U.S.
  • Vehicle fires caused 15% of all civilian fire deaths and 10% of all civilian fire injuries.
  • Only fires in one- and two-family homes claimed more lives than vehicle fires.
  • Highway vehicle fires are most common from May through August, with the highest numbers in July.
  • In a recent five-year period, car fires accounted for 65% of highway vehicle fires and caused an average 230 fire deaths and 694 fire injuries per year.

What Injuries My Be Caused by Vehicle Fires?

  • A vehicle collision fire can cause severe burns from hot metal, hot coolant, steam, or flames. Third-degree burns may require multiple skin grafting procedures and cause permanent scarring or loss of a limb.
  • Victims may suffer damage to the lungs and respiratory problems from exposure to toxic fumes as the vehicle burns.
  • In the worst cases, when injuries are fatal, a vehicle fire caused by someone else’s negligence can lead to wrongful death.

Causes of Vehicle Fires

According to NFPA, the leading causes of vehicle fires are mechanical failure or malfunction and electrical failure or malfunction. Older vehicles account for a sizable portion of vehicle fires with these causes. However, collisions are the leading cause of vehicle fires resulting in death. Large trucks have a higher rate of deaths from vehicle fires than highway vehicles overall.

Traffic crash fires can result from:

  • Punctured gas tanks
  • Fluid leaks
  • Defects in the exhaust system
  • Faulty electrical wiring
  • Collision with a truck hauling flammable material

Grounds for a Wrongful Death Claim After a Vehicle Fire Fatality

If you have lost a loved one in a vehicle fire, you may have grounds for a wrongful death claim if death was caused by someone else’s negligence or recklessness. If a mechanical or electrical defect, such as an exploding gas tank or faulty wiring, caused the vehicle fire and the death of your loved one, you may have a wrongful death claim against the vehicle manufacturer or a parts manufacturer. If a negligent driver caused the crash and vehicle fire that killed your loved one, you may have a claim against the at-fault driver.

Our Dallas personal injury attorneys at The Lenahan Law Firm can investigate the fatal accident to determine what caused it and who was responsible. We can help you seek justice for your loved one, hold responsible parties accountable, and pursue compensation for your family’s future in a wrongful death claim.

We have been fighting for the maximum compensation for our clients for more than two decades. Our firm has won multi-million dollar recoveries for clients in wrongful death cases. We have extensive experience handling motor vehicle accident wrongful death claims.

Our lawyers can take care of the legal action on behalf of your loved one while you grieve and recover from your loss. Contact us at (214) 295-1008 if you have lost a loved one in a vehicle fire. You may have a wrongful death claim for compensation.

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