New York City Car Fire Lawyer
Did A Vehicle Malfunction Cause Your Car To Catch Fire?
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a global nonprofit organization formed in 1896 that has dedicated itself to eliminating injury, death, economic and property loss from fire, reported that fire departments in the United States responded to approximately 287,000 vehicle fires every year on average. These incidents resulted in thousands of injuries and deaths, as well as about $1.3 billion in property damage every year, and the vast majority of these fires – approximately 72 percent – were the result of mechanical or electrical failure. If you were seriously injured in a vehicle fire, you may be able to file a lawsuit to secure compensation for any medical bills or damages you may have incurred.
Fires often cause serious burn injuries, which can seriously disfigure victims and permanently affect their lives. The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. is dedicated to providing victims of car fires with the knowledgeable and passionate legal assistance they require to secure the compensation they deserve. Since we first opened our doors more than 40 years ago, our lawyers have recovered more than half a billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients. Reach out to us today to discuss your case with a member of our firm.
How Do Vehicle Fires Happen?
The vast majority of vehicles on the road run on highly flammable liquids like gasoline and diesel fuel, which should place the risk of fire high up on the list of issues to prepare for when designing and manufacturing the vehicles. While these manufacturers should design their products to keep the occupants safe from fire and explosion, especially in the event of a car crash, investigations into crashes found that defects often increased the risk of a fire starting.
Some of the more common factors included:
- Defects that caused a fuel leak
- Defects that caused fuel to siphon from an undamaged system
- Improperly placed fuel tanks
- Fuel system integrity failure
- Gas tank filler neck defects
While most vehicles are fitted with a firewall – the wall in between the engine and your legs that can protect actual flames from injuring you – it cannot prevent fumes and smoke from filling the interior of your vehicle. Smoke inhalation is the number one cause of long-term injury and death from fires and often requires immediate medical attention to prevent serious complications.
Hire The Legal Representation You Need
Ever since we first opened our doors in 1983, our New York City injury attorneys at The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. have fought in court and at the negotiation table in order to secure our clients the compensation they deserve. If you were seriously injured in a vehicle fire, call us at (212) 577-9325 to discuss your case with a member of our firm or fill out our online form to request a free case consultation today.
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