Motor Vehicle Fire Accident Burn Injury Attorney


Were You Burned, or Did You Suffer an Ailment from Chemicals in a Vehicle Fire? We Can help!

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Civilians and firefighters in vehicle fires are always in danger of suffering burn injuries. But they become subjected to toxic smoke inhalation as well. And smoke and fire from motor vehicles contain toxic gasses and poisonous vapors. Many of these toxins are from manufacturing materials, and much of this concoction is cancerous and worse.

In turn, these compounds combine with fuel in cars, trucks, and motorcycles to become a pyre of deadly flames and smoke. The toxic vapor found in motor vehicle fires also contains carbon monoxide. And this is a dangerous, colorless, and odorless gas. A newcomer to vehicle burns is the electric vehicle fire, discussed here.

Vehicle Fire Statistics:

Statistics for motor vehicle burn injuries and fatalities include:

  • Motor vehicle fires kill approximately 600 people every year.
  • One out of eight deaths caused by fires is due to a motor vehicle fire.
  • In the United States, one out of five fires is a motor vehicle fire.
  • Every year approximately 1,200 firefighters get injured responding to a motor vehicle fire.

Fatalities From Vehicular Accidents.

Fatal and severe burn injuries can occur due to a motor vehicle fire. Fire involving a motor vehicle can reach temperatures of up to 1,500 degrees. Also, it can generate flames that reach as far as ten feet from the car. Parts of the vehicle, such as the bumpers, engine parts, drive shaft parts, doors, and axles, can get propelled away and even ignite a gas tanker.

Dangerous Projectiles Causing Burn Injuries.

So as they shoot away from the motor vehicle, they can become deadly shrapnel. Because of the temperatures the fire burns, it can shoot out super-heated, molten missiles. Hence, this makes car fires extremely dangerous. Also, there are flammable liquids. And the gas tank can explode during a motor vehicle fire.

So along with battery acid, that can be dangerous even when the vehicle is not on fire. Plus, there are instances where the vehicle's gas tank explodes. When then happens, it causes the motor vehicle to catch fire. Firefighters responding to car fires wear full protective gear. They can still inhale lousy air.

Dangerously High Temperatures and Burning Cars.

The temperature of 1,500 degrees is much higher than boiling water. And it burns at 212 degrees. So that can cause severe burn injuries. So this means it takes unique materials to extinguish motor vehicle fires. And firefighters will wear their full gear, including special breathing equipment.

Approximately three-vehicles per every one thousand wrecks catch fire in a motor vehicle fire incident. Often the victims suffer car collision-related injuries. These can include whiplash or banging their heads against the vehicle window.

But it can also result in fatal or debilitating burn injuries. Often, toxic smoke inhalation is in store for the victim. During a collision, the gas tank of the vehicle can become compromised or ruptured. But this is just one of the many causes of motor vehicle fires.

Safer Fuel Systems Mean Fewer Fires.

Manufacturers have access to safer fuel systems. And often, they choose not to use them in manufacturing due to cost-effectiveness. Usually, this results in thousands of drivers, passengers, and firefighters suffering fatal or debilitating burns. All this is avoidable. And this is because it is the product of fuel systems that manufacturers use. Quite simply, this is hazardous during a collision. Furthermore, they have the technology. But they just won't install it.

Get Legal Help for a Vehicle Fire Injury.

If a motor vehicle fire has caused you or a loved one to suffer severe burn injuries, you are going to need help. Especially true is when this accident resulted in the death of a loved one. Hence, it is crucial to speak with an experienced burn injury lawyer. Ehline Law Firm's attorneys can evaluate your accident. Also, they can investigate the death of a loved one. Furthermore, they can explain your legal rights and your legal options.

Holding Defendants Liable.

The careless or reckless actions of another individual or manufacturer can result in negligence. Then they can become responsible. The burn injury lawyers at Ehline Law Firm protect victim's rights. Part of this protection includes demanding compensation for rights violated.

And the compensation recovered can include losses. These losses include medical costs, future medical expenses, and lost wages. Furthermore, it should consist of an award for future lost earnings and other damages.

Recovering Damages - Hiring a Lawyer.

The family that has lost a loved one could recover additional damages. These could include decedent's medical costs and funeral costs. But it can also encompass lost future earnings and loss of companionship. Most of all, don’t put off contacting Ehline Law Firm. Discuss your case toll-free at (213) 596-9642.