Last month, a fiery crash on Flamingo road resulted in one driver being injured and another driver losing their life. These kinds of deadly vehicle fires are far too common. Here, we discuss everything you need to know about vehicle fires.
If you are injured in a fiery Las Vegas car accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer will help to protect your rights and ensure you receive maximum compensation. Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
Vehicle Fires by the Numbers
Vehicle fires are an often overlooked fire issue and happen more frequently than one might expect. Below are facts and figures from the National Fire Protection Association on Fire Loss in the United States During 2021:
- In 2021, there were approximately 208,500 vehicle fires.
- These vehicle fires caused 680 civilian deaths and 1,500 civilian injuries.
- In 2021, vehicle fires caused approximately $2.1 billion in direct property damage.
- From 2020 to 2021, the number of vehicle fires fell 5 percent overall, while vehicle fire deaths rose 1 percent. Additionally, vehicle fire injuries fell 12 percent and property damage fell roughly 50 percent.
- The estimated number of vehicle fires in 2021 was 62 percent lower than in 1980.
- Fires involving highway vehicles resulted in 83 percent of the vehicle fires, 86 percent of the associated deaths, and 73 percent of the associated injuries.
- In 2021, fire departments responded to an average of one highway vehicle fire every 3 minutes and 2 seconds.
If you are injured in a highway vehicle fire that is not your fault, you should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. The law firm of Anthem Injury Lawyers has a dedicated team of Las Vegas lawyers and staff ready to help you. Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers today at (702) 857-6000 to schedule a free consultation.
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Vehicle Fire Dangers
A vehicle fire is extremely dangerous and can be deadly. Vehicle fires can pose many dangers including the following:
- Smoke and fumes. A burning vehicle can release smoke and fumes that are extremely hazardous.
- Burn injuries. Vehicle fires generate heat that can cause fatal or debilitating burn injuries.
- Flying debris. Burning vehicles can actually cause parts of the vehicle to burst. Flying debris can injure people and animals and damage property.
If you are injured in a Nevada car fire, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Las Vegas Anthem Injury Lawyers is a team of experienced, dedicated personal injury lawyers and case managers. Based in Henderson, Nevada, we work with clients all over the Las Vegas area. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
What Should You Do if Your Vehicle Catches Fire?
We hope you never experience a vehicle fire. Unfortunately, even the most cautious driver may experience a vehicle fire. If your vehicle catches fire, you should do the following:
- Remain calm.
- Pull over as quickly as it is safe to do so.
- Once you are safely stopped, turn off the engine.
- Get everyone out and away from the vehicle. Move everyone at least 100 feet from the burning vehicle and away from traffic.
- Do not try to open the hood or trunk of the vehicle. This could cause the fire to spread and lead to additional injuries.
- Immediately call 911.
- Do not try to approach the vehicle or reenter the vehicle.
- Leave fire extinguishing to the professionals. Keep in mind that electric vehicle fires can be especially dangerous and difficult to extinguish.
If you are injured in a car fire that is not your fault, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Las Vegas Anthem Injury Lawyers is a team of experienced, dedicated personal injury lawyers and case managers. Based in Henderson, Nevada, we work with clients all over the Las Vegas area. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
Vehicle Fire Prevention
Not all accidents can be avoided. However, you can take steps to prevent vehicle fires. Consider the following vehicle fire prevention tips from the National Fire Protection Association:
- Have your car serviced regularly by a professionally trained mechanic. A well-maintained car is less likely to have a fire.
- Know the warning signs that a vehicle is vulnerable to fire. Warning signs include leaks, cracked or loose wiring, and electrical problems. Other warning signs include rapid changes in fuel level, fluid level, or engine temperature.
- Pay attention to oil or fluid leaks.
- If you must transport gasoline, transport only a small amount in a certified gas can that is sealed. Keep a window open for ventilation.
- Never transport gas cans or propane cylinders in the passenger compartment.
- Never park a car where flammables are touching the catalytic converter. This includes grass.
- Always drive with caution. Drive safely to avoid an accident.
Another important safety step to take to prevent vehicle fires is to check for recalls. Some safety defects can cause vehicle fires or other injuries. Since 2012, automakers have recalled more than 9.5 million cars due to faulty parts or other design issues that could cause a fire.
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EXPERIENCED LAS VEGAS PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS
We hope the above information on vehicle fires helps you and your loved ones stay safe. We also understand that even the most cautious driver can be injured in a car accident. If another driver injures you in a Las Vegas area accident, you should speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Some people wonder why they need a personal injury lawyer to help them. A personal injury lawyer will work aggressively to protect your rights and help you receive maximum compensation for your injuries.
Your choice of an accident lawyer is one of the most consequential decisions you will ever make. It’s important to select a Las Vegas attorney that can put you in the best position to win your case. That’s why you need to speak with Anthem Injury Lawyers. Get the best accident attorneys in Las Vegas fighting for you. Our experts offer you the best opportunity to win top compensation. Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
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