Crash-Related Car Fires
After an accident, there are many parts of a vehicle that may be prone to igniting a fire. Battery explosions or short-circuits within any of a modern car’s numerous electrical systems can dramatically increase the danger in the immediate aftermath of a car wreck. In addition to injuring those involved in the accident, an explosion can harm anyone close enough to the site of the wreck.
If you have suffered burns or other injuries due to a crash-related fire or explosion, you may be able to pursue financial compensation through a civil lawsuit. The vehicle may have been defectively designed or built, or the accident may have been caused by another motorist’s negligence. Contact the Rhinelander auto accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling 800-242-2874 today to learn more about your legal rights.
What to Do in the Event of a Car Fire
A car fire or explosion can cause significant destruction following even a mild accident. If a person’s vehicle begins to ignite while they are inside, there are a few quick actions that can minimize further injury. These include the following:
- Get off the road and stop the vehicle
- Turn off the engine
- Move away from the vehicle
- Notify the proper authorities
- Do not attempt to fight the fire
- Do not open the hood
In some instances, a person may feel comfortable enough with their vehicle to attempt to stop the fire themselves. However, once the hood is opened, the fire can rapidly grow larger due to the introduction of fresh air. With more oxygen, the fire will burn more intensely.
If you or someone you love has been injured because of a burning vehicle, there may be legal options available. To learn more about how the law can assist you in your time of need, contact the Rhinelander car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874.