Car Accident Fires
Being involved in a car accident is bad enough, but in some cases a vehicle can also catch fire in a crash. Car accident fires have the potential to cause catastrophic injuries for accident victims that require years of extensive medical treatment and can result in permanent disabilities. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, the experienced personal injury lawyers at Earnhart Law are here to help you get the compensation that you deserve. To learn more, call or contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.
What Causes Car Accident Fires?
There are many reasons why a car may catch on fire during an accident. The sheer force of a crash can be enough to rupture a gas tank and start a car fire. Leaking fuel lines can be set ablaze during an accident, or faulty vehicle parts like electrical components, defective ignition switches, or leaking exhaust system parts can also cause a fire in a crash. If a driver is smoking when an accident occurs, a lit cigarette can also lead to a car fire if it lights part of the interior on fire.
Car Fire Injuries
The injuries caused by a car accident fire can be devastating. Coming in contact with hot metal, caustic chemicals, steam, and flames can cause severe burns. Car accident fires also often release toxic fumes, which can also lead to serious respiratory injuries and lung damage in addition to the other injuries caused by the accident.
Burn injuries caused by a car accident fire can be extremely serious. Second degree burns can cause blistering and serious pain, while third degree burns can char the skin, damage nerves, require extensive medical treatment like skin grafts to repair. Victims of these types of burn injuries often have long hospital stays and suffer serious scarring or amputation of body parts that are too damaged to save. It is critical that victims of car accident fires get the compensation that they deserve for their injuries.
Compensation for Car Accident Injuries
Compensation for fire-related injuries and other damage caused by a car accident includes all economic and noneconomic harm inflicted on the crash victim. Economic damages cover all present and future medical bills, lost wages, property loss, and the loss of future income and benefits. Noneconomic damages compensate a victim for their pain and suffering, emotional distress, disability, disfigurement, and for the loss of enjoyment of life.
In fatal car accident fires, the family of the victim can also seek compensation through a wrongful death claim. Compensation includes coverage of all final medical bills, funeral and burial costs, any final pain and suffering of the victim, and for the loss of the victim’s love, guidance, support, and companionship.
Call or Contact Our Office
Have you or someone you know been injured in a car accident fire? If so, the knowledgeable and experienced Delray Beach car accident lawyers at Earnhart Law are here to help. Call the office or contact us today to schedule a free evaluation of your injury claims.