Fewer scenarios are more terrifying than a vehicle fire or explosion. In the event of a crash, there should be certain parts and design structures that keep vehicles from exploding and catching fire. Getting in a fender bender shouldn’t result in a devastating fire and explosion. Unfortunately, when there are manufacturing or design defects, the chances for an unexpected vehicle fire or explosion can be greatly increased. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a vehicle fire or explosion, you need to contact a personal injury lawyer with proven car accident case experience as soon as possible about your claim.Defective Design and Vehicle Fires
Over the past few years, we’ve seen a high volume of defective auto part recalls. We’ve seen exploding air bags and faulty ignition switches. While we might like to believe that these recalls are quickly initiated, the sad truth is that many of them are not. It can take months or even years for defective design problems to be fully investigated and handled. If you think a design defect caused your vehicle’s unexpected fire or explosion, you need to let the vehicle’s manufacturer know, file a report with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and contact a personal injury attorney immediately.Manufacturing Flaw Causing Unexpected Fire / Explosion
Sometimes, auto parts are properly designed, but something goes wrong during the manufacturing phase. When manufacturing issues lead to dangerous or defective parts, consumers and roadway users are put at risk for injury causing or potentially fatal car accidents. Automakers have a duty to ensure all parts are properly manufactured and perform as they’re designed, and safely.Exploding Gas Tanks and Fuel Fires
Gas tank explosions can be especially devastating for drivers and passenger occupants. Depending upon the severity of the crash and the amount of fuel at the gas tank, you could be looking at a very large explosion and fire. If occupants are still inside of the vehicle at the time the gas tank explodes, they may suffer from long-term painful burn injuries, if they survive. After any kind of crash involving a gas tank explosion, it’s critical to ensure a full and comprehensive investigation is conducted to rule out any possible design or manufacturing defect that may have been a factor. Listed below are some common potential causes for unexpected vehicle fires and explosions.Potential Causes of Unexpected Fire / Explosion
Anytime there are explosions or fires involved, you could be looking at severe burn injuries. Depending upon the severity of the fire or explosion, it’s possible to have a variety and range of different painful and potentially long term injuries. You could be in the hospital for weeks, months or longer. Burn injuries may leave you with lifelong painful disfiguring scars. Any type of car accident involving a fire or explosion can be potentially devastating or even fatal for drivers and passenger occupants involved. Medical bills can pile up, and you could be out of work for who knows how long.Wrongful Death Involving an Unexpected Vehicle Fire or Explosion
In the event of an unexpected fire or explosion, there is also the possibility for potentially fatal injuries. If you have lost a loved one in an unexpected vehicle fire or explosion, you need to speak with a personal injury lawyer who has proven wrongful death case experience as soon as possible. You may be entitled to damages associated with funeral expenses, medical bills, lost wages, a loss of future income, loss of companionship and pain and suffering, and while no amount of money can ever bring your loved one back or lessen the pain and grief, it can help to make ends meet after a loss and pay for bills associated with the incident.Jackson Car Fire Lawyer
Unexpected fires and explosions can lead to permanent disfiguring scars and injuries, and even death. Medical bills or burial expenses can be a heavy burden on families, so it’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury lawyer after any kind of car accident. Your lawyer can be your advocate during a difficult time and help to get you the compensation you deserve after an accident. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in an unexpected vehicle fire or explosion in Jackson or in any of the surrounding Metro Area communities, contact the skilled and proven Personal Injury team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (877) 231-1600 for a free case consultation today.