Is a vehicle fire really something I will have to worry about after a car crash, or have I seen too many action movies?

We’d really like to be able to tell you that vehicular fires are an idea cooked up in a Hollywood special effects lab, but that’s not true. They are a real danger.

Severe car accidents can result in a spectrum of situations, ranging from a few car dents and passenger bruises to a complete catastrophe involving a trip to the emergency room. One of the most terrifying consequences is being caught in a vehicular fire with your family.

Although car fires are uncommon results of an accident, when they do occur they can cause catastrophic burns and trauma, while ensuring complete vehicle destruction. Are you prepared to deal with these outcomes? Do you even know your risks?

Most people don’t.

Combustible Causes of Car Fires

If you’ve ever witnessed a car fire, you know how quickly they become out of control. What you may not know is how such a spectacle could start in the first place. Is your car vulnerable to catching on fire? Unfortunately, due to the nature of various standard vehicle components, it’s amazing that more car accidents don’t end in a fiery blaze.

Common causes of car accident fires include the following:

  • Electrical system malfunctions. Cars today have a lot of high-tech wiring which is susceptible to the effects of a severe collision. The impact of an accident can easily loosen wires and sever cables, allowing electricity to freely spark wherever an electrical connection was present. These sparks can then ignite fuel, fabric, and fumes to create small flames that can quickly become raging infernos.
  • The presence of flammable liquids. The leading cause of vehicle fires is when flammable liquid—such as gasoline and oil—are released by the force of a collision. The impact can stir the liquid, cause it to leak, and even create sparks that could ignite it. Even if sparks aren’t introduced, overheated radiators or damaged engines can produce enough heat to set the liquid on fire and engulf your vehicle in flames.
  • The abundance of combustible fumes. Liquid gasoline isn’t the only form of gas that can ignite; gasoline vapor is also highly combustible. This means that even if your gas tank isn’t leaking, the impact of a collision can agitate the gasoline enough to produce copious amounts of fumes, which could then ignite. Once the fumes catch on fire, the flames can then travel back to the gasoline itself, essentially feeding the blaze. Likewise, oil vapors in your engine are specifically designed to ignite with the help of your engine’s spark plugs. If an uncontrolled spark ignites expelled vapor, than an explosion could result.

At the Packard Law Firm, we believe that if you or a loved one sustained serious injuries as a result of a collision fire, than you deserve the guidance to successfully pursue an injury claim. Fires can cause disastrous physical and psychological trauma, let alone smoldering property damage. These injuries may require expensive medical care and make it impossible for you to earn an income, at least for a time. Fortunately, our decades of experience have taught us how to help you get your life back on track. Contact us today for a free consultation and review of your case to see how we can help douse your financial uncertainties.

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