Were Burns from a Car Fire Caused by a Defective Part?

Question: My son was burned in his car. He was hit from behind by a big truck going so fast that my son’s car was hurled into a post. It started on fire on impact. He had 3rd and 4th-degree burns on all of his limbs and his torso.  We didn’t think he would live. After many surgeries, the doctors saved his legs and one arm. One arm had to be amputated. The truck driver was at fault. We are wondering if a defect in the car caused the car to basically explode on impact. Is this something you can investigate?

Answer by Attorney Eric Hageman: What happened to your son is tragic, and it is important for your family to get answers about the accident, including why there was a fire and why it burned your son so severely. To answer your question, yes, in car fire cases, I investigate to determine if there is a product liability claim.

The car needs to be inspected to determine if any of the following either caused the fire or contributed to the severity of the fire and resulting burn injuries:

  • A defective design;
  • A defective part; or
  • Poor maintenance.

In cases involving serious injury, we generally hire forensic engineers and other experts to help us inspect the vehicles and determine the cause(s) of the accident and the resulting fire. One of the things that sets our law firm apart is that our previous successes have provided our law firm with the resources to hire the best experts and to take all measures necessary to win settlements and verdicts for our clients. You will not need to pay us unless we win your case.

Another thing that sets our law firm apart is that we have a lot of experience in product liability, semitrailer accidents and burn injuries. We recently won $45 million for clients injured by a defective product, and we have won millions for our clients in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against truck drivers and trucking companies.

You probably have a lot of questions. You can talk to me for free by submitting our free consultation form or calling me at 1-888-377-8900 (toll free).

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