Car Fires in San Diego, CA
According to the National Fire Protection Agency, 20% of all fires reported to the fire department are vehicle fires. That's an average of over 150,000 car fires a year. For some perspective, that is 17 vehicle fires every hour. With such an intense rate of occurrence, drivers who are injured in car fires need skilled and relentless representation to make sure they receive the compensation they deserve.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car fire, reach out to The McClellan Law Firm for a free case evaluation today. We can help you determine your next step.
Auto Accident Claims Involving Faulty Fuel Lines & Fires
Because cars run on several different kinds of flammable liquids, chiefly gasoline, cars are most vulnerable to engine compartment fires. While the firewall—the wall between your legs and the engine—can provide some time for passengers to leave the car, it does not keep the smoke and fumes from reaching the interior of the car. This can be incredibly harmful, as the primary cause of death or long-term injury from fires is smoke.
Cars and trucks should be designed to protect occupants, as well as the fuel system, in a car crash. Nevertheless, investigations of auto accidents involving post-collision fuel-fed fires often shows a defect in a car's fuel system unreasonably increased the risk of fire, causing serious burn injuries. When a car fire was caused by fuel spilling or leaking after impact, we can often show that a simple, inexpensive valve installed at any of several points of the fuel system would have prevented fluid from flowing.
We treat car fire cases as automotive defects claims and proceed against the vehicle's manufacturer on a product liability theory. With the help of experts, we develop and present evidence to prove any one or more of the following facts relating to defective fuel systems:
- Improper fuel tank placement
- Defects in the gas tank filler neck
- Failure of the integrity of the fuel system
- Unreasonable defects causing the fuel system to leak
- Unreasonable defects causing fuel to siphon from an intact system
Contact an Experienced San Diego Auto Defect Attorney
With a caseload limited to 15 at a time, we are able to devote the attention that complex cases require to recover the full amount of compensation you need to support a long period of disability, convalescence, and recovery. Our ability to integrate product liability concepts and claims into the litigation of motor vehicle collision and rollover accidents can represent a powerful advantage in favor of our clients.
In burn injury cases, we also work closely with our clients so that the best possible treatment and rehabilitative therapy are available to them. Our carefully limited caseload allows us to emphasize client communication and accessibility while working intensively on both the liability and damages components of a case.
For a free consultation about your case, contact our San Diego personal injury lawyers.