A car accident can become even more deadly if it results in a vehicle fire, engulfing motorists and passengers—sometimes in both vehicles—in flames. The victims can suffer burns, permanent scarring, and emotional trauma. If they survive their burns and other life-threatening injuries, they face a long-term recovery period filled with multiple surgeries and skin grafts.
The causes of automobile fires can be complex, beginning with a negligent driver’s actions that, along with a combination of factors, result in one of the vehicles catching on fire. Factors contributing to a vehicle fire include the following:
Determining the cause of a car fire can be more challenging than other vehicle accidents because the vehicles are often completely destroyed by fire. Often an accident reconstruction expert will be needed to determine if vehicle defects as well as the crash contributed to the fire. An experienced car accident attorney can help a victim find a qualified expert.
In addition, determining the liable parties and their level of responsibility can be complex. More than one party can bear some of the fault for causing the victims’ horrific injuries. Parties an accident victim may be able to sue include:
Burns are classified by their degree of severity. Victims of a car fire accident could suffer one or more of these burns:
If you or a family member was injured in an auto accident that resulted in a fire, your injuries could be catastrophic. You may need to be off work for a lengthy period of time while you undergo multiple surgeries and skin grafts. You may also need long-term psychological treatment to help you deal with the emotional trauma from your ordeal and your possible disfigurement and scarring. However, you may be entitled to compensation from all the parties that caused your accident and fire. Check out our Case Results to learn how we have helped others like you. Then call our experienced legal team at 888-733-2992 to schedule a free consultation to learn about your legal options.