Fuel-Fed Fires Lawsuit Injury Lawyer
An auto accident is dangerous enough without adding the threat of fire. When a vehicle component is unsafe or defective and causes fuel-fed fires during or after an accident, or in the general course of driving, the manufacturer may be liable for injuries. At Conley Griggs Partin LLP, we represent victims of fuel-fed vehicle injuries when defective or unsafe components were the catalyst for causing harm to our clients.
Despite depictions of cars exploding or starting on fire after an accident in movies and television, this is not usually the case. Most vehicles do not combust into flames solely due to impact. However, if a fuel component is defective or unsafely designed, fuel can leak during an accident and cause a fire that should not have occurred. This can cause extensive injuries to the occupants, even death, which could have been avoided if the manufacturer used safer components.
Fuel Pump, Tank and Line Defects and Design Problems
How the fuel system is designed on a vehicle can have a significant impact on whether a fuel-fed fire is likely after a collision. The location and design of the system should be to limit fuel exposure after an impact. Fuel tanks located in the rear can be vulnerable to impact from rear-end collisions, and saddlebag tanks on the side of some models of trucks are dangerous when the vehicle is hit from the side.
Fuel pumps and line design and function can also create fire risks. Where the fuel lines run and how the fuel pump is designed to function can impact how much fuel can leak or circulate after a crash.
A fuel-fed fire can pose a deadly risk to those injured in a vehicle accident. If you or a family member were harmed in an accident that had a fuel-fed fire, contact our team at Conley Griggs Partin LLP. It is important to know whether your vehicle had any defects or design flaws in the fuel system that may have ignited the fire. If so, a fuel system product defect lawsuit may be possible to pursue monetary damages for your injuries.