Highway vehicle fires and explosions cause about 500 deaths, 1,500 injuries per year.
The failure of equipment is the cause of 28 percent of vehicular fires. These fires are generally a result of mechanical problems, ranging from a faulty design in the vehicle to an improperly installed device. When this happens, there is a product liability claim.
Sixty-two percent of highway vehicle fires and 34 percent of fatal highway vehicle fires originate in the engine area of the vehicle.
The leading factor contributing to the ignition of highway vehicle fires is mechanical failures (47 percent). In collision fires and explosions, the leading factor contributing to the ignition of the fire is a leak or break in a component of the vehicle where there is flammable liquid.
Fifty-seven percent of fatal vehicle fires are the result of a collision. Determining the cause of death following a collision fire can be difficult. Was the death the direct result of the collision or the fire that ensued? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) counts a fire fatality only if a person was trapped and killed by the fire, rather than killed on impact and subsequently exposed to the fire.
You have the right to sue every person and company legally responsible for your injuries or your family member’s death (spouse, child, parent, sibling, grandparent, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew). In most cases it takes a lot of work to determine everyone who can be sued for injury and death from a an auto fire crash involving a fire and/or explosion. Read about sorting out liability when a semi truck driver caused the accident to get an idea of the possible complexity of this issue.
You have the right to sue for enough money to fully compensate you for all of your injuries and losses. Compensation can include amounts for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, emotional distress, disability, disfigurement (all burns cause disfigurement), loss of quality of life and other damages.
You have the right to hire an attorney to investigate the crash and dig for evidence to prove fault, liability and negligence. Fred Pritzker and Eric Hageman are lead attorneys for our Accident Law Team. They have successfully handled complex accident and fire cases like yours, winning millions for their clients. Fred has a national reputation and has been a speaker at Harvard Law School and Cornell University.
Think about it.
The injuries you suffered changed your life. If you were severely burned, you will never be the same and may never have the earning potential you had before being injured in the highway fire. Your future, your family’s future depends on the outcome of your case.
Choose the wrong lawyer and your future is at risk.
Fred Pritzker is one of America’s most experienced personal injury attorneys. Most importantly, he has successfully represented people in cases like yours.
Contact Fred and his team. Our attorneys are easy to talk to. Ask them about our law firm’s experience in helping people just like you.
Our law firm has a national practice in the area of serious traffic accidents causing personal injury or wrongful death. This means we travel throughout the United States to represent accident victims and their families. Our offices are in Minneapolis, Minnesota.