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Why cars catch fire, and what to do if you’re left with burn injuries

On Behalf of | Apr 16, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Vehicles often break, but it’s unlikely that you see many car fires. These do happen, however. These blazes often result in deaths, and those who do survive these fires often receive extensive burns that require a lifetime of care. 

You may wonder what factors most often give way to cars catching on fire. Many different situations do so, but here are two of the most common:

Poor vehicle maintenance

Cars need regular maintenance so that they remain safe to operate. Auto parts deteriorate over time and may require replacing, yet many motorists put off making costly repairs. Drivers often ignore lights illuminated on their dashboards that may warn them of impending dangers. 

The above-referenced factors may cause a vehicle to become hazardous or inoperable on the road, resulting in a crash. Fires like this may quickly spread, putting other motorists at risk of getting trapped inside their vehicles and dying or otherwise suffering significant burn injuries. 

Carrying toxic or flammable materials

Motorists should be careful when transporting gasoline, propane and other potentially hazardous substances. You must be careful when parking next cylinders or containers filled with these kinds of substances, as well. 

Any accident that you may have with someone with a vehicle filled with these may result in an explosion. It may leave you with catastrophic burn injuries or death. 

What to do if you suffered burn injuries in a car accident

Burn injuries can vary in intensity from minor first-degree to disfiguring or disabling fourth-degree ones. The more severe your burn is, the more likely that it is that you’ll require a lifetime of medical care. An attorney can advise you how Florida law may allow you to recover compensation to cover these expenses.