Vehicle fires are often underreported. A number of vehicle fires occur as a result of violent collisions and defective auto parts. There are many flammable fluids in vehicles and a powerful impact, or even a minor leak or a faulty switch, can have devastating consequences. Victims can suffer painful burn injuries and smoke inhalation injuries that will require immediate medical attention and possibly long-term treatment.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), between the years 1999 and 2003, there were about 325,100 reported vehicle fires that resulted in 440 civilian deaths and 1,500 injuries each year. Nearly 75 percent of reported vehicle fires involved mechanical or electrical failures.
These types of incidents, however, only accounted for 9 percent of the fatalities suffered in car fires. Meanwhile, only 2 percent of highway vehicle fires started in the fuel tank or fuel line, but those fires accounted for 17 percent of vehicle fire deaths.
Flames are not the only reason why car fires are dangerous. According to Firerescue1.com, vehicles can generate toxic smoke that contains “monoxide (CO), hydrogen cyanide (HCN), hydrogen chloride (HCL) or acrolein (CH2CHCHO).” These fumes can result in serious eye, nose, throat, and lung injuries. Individuals who inhale too much of these toxic fumes can suffer permanent or fatal internal injuries. Victims of burn injuries and smoke inhalation injuries would be well advised to discuss their legal rights and options with an experienced personal injury attorney.
The skilled auto accident lawyers in Georgia at the Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C., have a history of handling injury claims resulting from vehicle fires. We offer no cost consultations to anyone who has suffered a loss in vehicle fires or auto accidents. Please contact us at (404) 995-3955 to find out how we can help you.