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What factors may cause a crash to result in a fire?

Aug 17, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

If you were to list all the different factors that result in car accidents, various reckless driving behaviors would make it on the list, including speeding, failing to yield the right of way and drunk or distracted driving.

There are other driving behaviors or choices that motorists make that put them at risk of having an accident — a fiery one. Do you know which factors are most apt to cause a car to ignite into a blaze?

Transporting flammable items

Many motorists think nothing of placing a gas can on the floorboard of their car or in their truck as they transport it back to their home from the gas station. An improperly secured or leaking gas can is a potentially explosive situation. All it takes is a high-impact crash for the gas inside the can to ignite, engulfing the vehicle’s passenger compartment in moments.

A fire may also ignite if fumes accumulate near a heat source or a crash occurs near the gas tank on a vehicle (even if the driver isn’t transporting any additional petroleum).

Improperly maintained vehicles

Many motorists put themselves and those they share the road with at risk of suffering burns because they fail to maintain their vehicles properly. Electrical issues such as blown fuses or frayed wires, excessively high engine temperatures, insufficient fluids and oil leaks can cause car fires that can easily spread to nearby vehicles.

Many individuals who suffer burns aren’t fortunate enough to make it out of their car and away from the fire in time before they suffer significant injuries. Your recuperation is likely to be lengthy if you suffer serious burns. If another driver is at fault, it’s essential to make sure you get the compensation you need to deal with short-term and long-term expenses and damages.

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