You’re a safe driver and are very aware of the potential hazards out there on the roadways. You take care to watch the speed limits, avoid distractions and signal properly before you make a turn.
Unfortunately, all of this still doesn’t make you immune from being involved in a collision, and that’s what’s happened. Collisions can result in numerous injuries and one cause of injuries that is often overlooked is car fires.
How do car fires happen during a collision and is this something that you can be compensated for?
Damaged fuel tanks
While there is a shift toward electric vehicles, the majority of drivers still operate cars that are powered by fuels such as petroleum. This substance is highly flammable and if the fuel tank or pipes are damaged, petroleum could spill out onto the surface surrounding the vehicle. All it takes for a fire to ignite in such circumstances is one spark, which is likely to occur when metal clashes during a wreck.
At the end of the day, a car fire can be fatal, especially during a collision. Drivers and passengers may find themselves trapped in the vehicle. Even when there is an escape point, individuals can still suffer severe burns which require surgery and pose a high risk of infection.
If you’ve suffered burn injuries during a crash and the collision was caused by a negligent road user, then you may be entitled to compensation. This will not undo your injuries but can help with your medical bills and suffering. Seeking legal guidance will give you a better indication of your options.