Gas Tank Rupture
A gas tank rupturing is everybody’s worst fear after a crash. We’ve all seen movies and heard stories about passenger occupants being trapped inside of vehicles when there is a dangerous fuel leak. Thankfully, there are certain designs and manufacturing steps that can be used to prevent issues like fuel-fed fire contributing to a gas tank explosion. Gas tanks should be designed, manufactured and located in such a way to prevent them from being ruptured. A ruptured gas tank can spell certain danger for the driver and other passengers inside of the vehicle. If there are any manufacturing flaws or design defects that lead to a ruptured gas tank, consumer lives are put at great risk for severe and potentially fatal injuries.
Defective fuel systems are a top cause for gas tank ruptures and explosions. Everybody remembers the defective Ford Pinto gas tanks. Engineers and automobile manufacturers need to take consumer safety into account during the design process. Depending upon the type of vehicle you have and how long since your last fill up, you could be driving around on a powder keg of fuel at any given time. This is why it’s absolutely critical for fuel systems to be free of any manufacturing or design flaws and defects. Car accidents happen. Distracted drivers are everywhere, but the last thing you need in a car accident is your gas tank rupturing or exploding.
Fuel System Failures During a Crash
While we all expect for our auto parts such as engines, transmissions and fuel systems to work under normal conditions, it’s equally important for those systems to remain safe in the event of a car accident. When the chips are down, we need to have faith in the vehicles we trust to transport our families in. If a fuel system failure occurs during or after a crash, the occupants inside of the vehicle are put at risk for burn injuries or other types of painful or even fatal injuries. If you suspect there was a fuel system failure associated with your injury crash, you need to let the vehicle’s manufacturer know, file a report with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and raise your concerns with a proven personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to get the ball rolling on your case.
A fuel-fed fire is a terrifying scenario after a crash. If for whatever reason, a fuel leak contributes to a fire in the wreckage of a crash, there should be fail safe measures in place to prevent that fire from getting to the gas tank. If a fuel-fed fire causes a gas tank explosion or rupture, there needs to be a full and comprehensive investigation to determine exactly what happened. In some vehicles, there should be fire-suppression systems in place to prevent a catastrophic or fatal gas tank explosion or rupture. No matter what happened, it’s important to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your claim after any kind of fuel tank rupture.
Injuries Associated With Gas Tank Rupture
Injuries associated with a gas tank rupture are rarely minor. In most cases, there are severe debilitating burns, potentially broken bones and even shrapnel injuries. Recovering from these types of injuries can be a lifelong process. Scars can be painful and disfiguring. You might be out of work for weeks, months or indefinitely. A family member might also have to leave work to take care of you and to make sure you get to physical therapy, surgical appointments and other ongoing medical appointments. The costs associated with burn injuries associated with a gas tank rupture can be astronomical. While you’re out of work, the medical bills will be piling up. Your family will be without transportation, and it may be difficult to make ends meet.
A gas tank rupture during a car accident almost certainly leads to catastrophic injuries for those occupants in the vehicle. In many cases, it will also lead to fatal injuries. No matter what the circumstances of your injury accident, it’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury lawyer who has proven product liability case experience. A lawyer can protect your rights and fight to get you the compensation you deserve after an accident.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident involving a gas tank rupture in or around the Jackson Metro Area, contact the skilled and proven Product Liability team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766 for a free case consultation today.
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