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Car Fires & Explosions

Houston Car Fire & Explosion Lawyers

Houston Car Fire & Explosion Lawyers

While the impact of a car accident can be catastrophic, the aftermath can present life-or-death situations when vehicle fires erupt. Car fires, which can lead to explosions, commonly result from vehicle design defects or manufacturing mistakes. When they do, the victims of vehicle fires and explosions can be entitled to compensation for their injuries, suffering and losses.

At the Amaro Law Firm, our attorneys know how profoundly tragic car fires and explosions can be – and how vital it is for victims and families to have experienced, effective legal representation when it is time to pursue justice and financial recovery.

That is why we are committed to providing the victims of vehicle fires and explosions with exceptional advocacy and support as we build them strong claims and help them navigate the claim process.

Defective vehicle equipment can cause car fires and explosions. Victims may have various options for holding negligent automakers and others accountable and seeking the recovery and justice they deserve.

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Causes of Car Fires & Explosions

Heat, electrical sparks and leaking fluids are the minimal conditions needed to give rise to vehicle fires and explosions. While various factors can create these volatile conditions, some examples include (and are not limited to):

  • Electrical system malfunctions or failures – Improperly installed batteries and starters, as well as loose or faulty wiring and missing heat shields, are all ways in which defective electrical systems can give rise to vehicle fires.
  • Gas tank defects or design flaws – Fuel tanks that are mounted behind the rear axle or outside the frame can be particularly vulnerable to being punctured or damaged in a crash.
  • Damaged or defective fuel lines – Poorly placed or improperly routed fuel lines can more easily rupture and leak gas.
  • Defective fuel pumps – Electrical fuel pumps that fail to shut off after a wreck can continue to run gas through the fuel system, increasing the risk of fires and explosions.
  • Exhaust system damage or defects – Cracked or leaking exhaust systems can release hot exhaust gases close to engines and other vehicle components. This can potentially overheat vital systems of a vehicle, possibly giving way to vehicle fires and explosions.

According to the latest statistics:1

  • About 1 in every 10 fires in the U.S. is a vehicle-related fire.
  • Each year, about 287,000 vehicle fires are reported to U.S. fire departments. Every week, these fires kill about 4 people in the U.S.
  • About 2 in every 3 vehicle fires results from mechanical or electrical malfunctions.
  • While only about 4 percent of vehicle fires were the direct result of a crash or vehicle overturn, these incidents cause about 60 percent of all vehicle-related fire fatalities.
  • While only about 2 percent of vehicle fires start in fuel lines or tanks, these types of vehicle fires are responsible for about 15 percent of all vehicle-related fire deaths.
After Car Fires & Explosions: The Options for Compensation & Justice
Take the First Step on the Path to Recovery & Justice: Contact a Houston Personal Injury Attorney at the Amaro Law Firm