What To Do in a Car FireTampa Bay Legal News
Being in a car fire can be a very scary experience. According to the National Fire Protection Association, since 1982, car fires have decreased by 60%. That is good news. However, despite fewer car fires being reported as of late, they can still happen. There are many ways that a car fire can occur. Car accidents, mechanical failures, electrical malfunctions, or hazardous liquids spilled near a car are all ways that a car fire can take place.
If you were injured in a car fire, you may be able to file a claim for the financial compensation you need for your losses. In this situation, it can be advantageous to take your case to a car accident attorney where you can learn more about what your options are. Fulgencio Law has trusted and experienced Florida car accident attorneys who can help you get the answers you need and the legal support you want when filing a claim for compensation.
Steps to Take When a Car Catches Fire
If your car catches on fire quick action is necessary. The following steps should be taken when possible.
- Get your vehicle off of the road quickly. As soon as you are able to do this, turn off the engine to prevent the fuel from exacerbating the problem.
- Once your car is off of the road and parked, get yourself and all passengers out. Go behind the car and try to distance yourself from the car by a minimum of 100 feet.
- Call for emergency assistance. By calling 9-1-1, you can alert the authorities to the issue and have them make their way out. In situations where no one has access to a mobile phone, then trying to get the attention of another car on the road to pull over and provide assistance could also be possible.
- Make sure that the hood and the trunk remain closed. Keeping them open allows for greater air circulation which may increase the flames.
- Don’t be too brave and attempt to put the fire out. This is a very risky and dangerous thing to do. It is best to leave it to the trained professionals who know exactly what to do and also have the tools to do things right.
The best car fire is the one that never starts to begin with. There are things that you can do proactively so that you can minimize the risk of a car fire happening to your vehicle. These include:
- Keep up on your car’s regular maintenance.
- Do not transport gasoline if possible. But if you must, then make sure that it is thoroughly secured and sealed in a proper container. It can also help to have it in a space in your vehicle with ventilation.
- Do not park near places where there are highly flammable materials like dried grass.
- If you have an electric vehicle, abide by the directions and recommendations located in your manufacturer’s owner’s manual.
Speak to an Attorney at Fulgencio Law
Another party that caused a car accident that started the car fire could be liable for your damages. Likewise, a manufacturer may be responsible if a car defect was the reason you had a car fire.
To have your accident experience reviewed by an attorney, please call Fulgencio Law today at (813) 463-0123 to schedule a free, initial consultation.