Auto Fire Accidents


A car on fire is a terrible, frightening sight. A fire may begin as a result of a crash, followed by an explosion that is fueled by the gasoline in the car’s tank. Certain types of vans have been repeatedly cited in vehicular fire cases. Sometimes fuel tanks burst into flame simply because of an otherwise minor rear-end accident. Auto fire accidents are why accidents can be dangerous even in the aftermath of a collision.

A car fire, then, may be a secondary disaster coming after the first one: a crash. In some cases, a driver or passenger who survived a relatively minor crash would have gone on to recover, but was then catastrophically burned or killed when a fire erupted after the initial crash.

Auto manufacturers know that their vehicles will be involved in accidents. Some of these accidents are serious and can involve a compromised fuel tank or fuel line. Cars should be designed in a manner such that the injuries to the passengers are not compounded after an accident because the automobile catches on fire. Unfortunately, we see far too many cases of improperly designed or manufactured cars where the makers of these vehicles have failed to put in appropriate safeguards and protections such as a fuel shut off mechanism or heat and flame shields.

When an auto accident involves a fire questions arise as to who is responsible for compensating the victim or family members: the driver of the car or truck that caused the collision, or the auto manufacturer whose unsafe design resulted in the hazard of an exploding or unprotected gasoline tank? Were there proper heat shields and one-way valves in place between the fuel tank and the rest of the vehicle? Did your family member die or suffer serious burn injuries because of a car fire made worse by lack of these protective features?

Questions of liability often become clear through a detailed investigation. The responsible party or parties may be held accountable through an injury claim or lawsuit. Car accident attorneys of Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard, P.C., in St. Louis are ready to advise you after a St. Louis or Kansas City car accident injury caused by a fire.

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Were you seriously burned or was a family member killed in a fire following a car crash? Do not hesitate to contact a trial lawyer at the St. Louis, Missouri, law firm of Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard. Se habla español.

Our law firm was founded in 1976 and draws upon skills and talents of four experienced lawyers. Each one has received the highest possible AV® Preeminent™5.0 out of 5 rating* from Martindale-Hubbell. We handle a variety of challenging cases such as St. Louis and East St. Louis car fire accidents. Lawyers of the firm serve clients throughout Missouri and southern Illinois.

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