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Common Causes of Car Fires

Posted By Pavich Law Group, P.C. || 21-Mar-2014

Did you know that one in every five fires reported is a vehicle fire? The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) states that car fires account for 20 percent of all fires in the United States. Being aware of the potentially dangerous factors that could cause a car fire may protect you from serious injury or even save your life.

These are just a few of the most common reasons that a vehicle might catch fire.

  • Defective design — Unfortunately, one of the most common causes of car accidents is out of the hands of the vehicle owner: the actual design of the vehicle itself. In most situations, manufacturers discover defective designs early on. If you or someone close to you was hurt in a car fire caused by a design flaw, contact a defective product attorney who can help you protect your rights.
  • Improperly maintained vehicle — Protecting your vehicle with regular maintenance could be instrumental in preventing a dangerous fire. Diligent car owners know the importance of careful upkeep. Identifying problems with wiring or leaky seals could stop a fire from happening. Be familiar with what is underneath your hood and make sure to check up on your vehicle regularly.
  • Batteries in hybrid / electric vehicles — While very environmentally-friendly, unfortunately the batteries in hybrid and electric cars have been linked to disastrous vehicle fires. These safety concerns are still present. If you drive a hybrid or electric vehicle such as a Tesla Model S or a Chevy Volt, be aware of the risks involved and stay abreast of the latest safety warnings and developments in the industry.
  • Overheating engines — Several factors can cause an engine to overheat. If you notice that your vehicle has a tendency to overheat, take it in to a mechanic before the problem gets worse.
  • Leaking fluids — Many fluids necessary to make your car run are also highly flammable. Always be on the lookout for leaks or other warning signs, especially in your car or truck's engine bay.
  • Failing electric systems — Electrical failures are the second most common cause of car fires. Regular maintenance is crucial in order to identify frayed, worn, or split wires before they cause a fire.
  • Car accidents — Crashes are common causes of car fires. Exercising proper control of your vehicle and caution while driving is absolutely crucial in order to avoid a potentially deadly collision.
  • Fuel system leakage — Fuel system leaks are the single most common reason that cars catch fire. Again, regular and careful maintenance of your car or truck is the best way to make sure that you and your family are safe. If you smell gas around your vehicle or while you are driving, it is crucial that you get the leak fixed right away.

If you were involved in a car fire and you have questions about your rights to medical and other forms of compensation, do not hesitate to speak to a Chicago personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. We at Pavich Law Group, P.C. are here to stand up for you and to protect your rights. Call our Joliet office as soon as possible.