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Vehicle fires are hazardous after car wrecks

On Behalf of | Mar 21, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

There are many risks that occur when a car crash happens. One is fire. While they aren’t as common as they were in the past, car fires are still possible after a crash. 

There are two types of fires possible when there’s a car wreck. One comes from a sudden explosion. The other is a fire that starts slowly and grows.

What increases the risk of vehicle fires?

One of the primary hazards is the fuel tank. If the fuel tank is punctured, there might be a spill onto the pavement. Even a tiny spark can cause flames, which can spread rapidly. If you smell fuel after the crash, you need to evacuate the scene because of the fire risk. The same is true if you smell smoke. This is not the time to light up a cigarette.

Newer vehicles have many safety measures to help prevent fires from spreading too rapidly. Even if it seems like the fire is minor and easily extinguishable, you should still get away from the vehicle. The metal will conduct heat, so anything made of that material may burn you even if the fire hasn’t reached there yet.

Anyone involved in a vehicle crash should ensure they evaluate the situation, so they don’t stay around a vehicle that will burst into flames. Seeking compensation after the crash can help to offset the cost of obtaining medical care. You must do this quickly, or the time limit in California for filing a personal injury claim may pass by.