2 Killed In Fiery Crash
Sometimes vehicles get into accidents for unknown reasons. When a car hits a stationary object such as a tree, people tend to wonder what went wrong. They come up with their own theories. Did the driver fall asleep while driving? Were they intoxicated? Was speed or distracted driving?
Police are trying to determine what caused a car to crash into a tree in Coconut Creek. The solo-vehicle crash has resulted in two fatalities. It happened on the morning of October 9 in the 7300 block of Lyons Road.
An SUV hit a tree and then caught fire. Two people were inside the SUV. Both were killed. Roads in the area were closed for several hours following the crash. Detectives are trying to figure out what caused the crash by using technology to reconstruct the accident scene.
What Causes Car Fires After an Accident?
Vehicles are not supposed to just burst into flames after a collision. If they do, it is often because of a defect. Most defects occur in the fuel system or electrical system, although they can occur in other parts of the car as well. When a defect is determined to be the cause of a car accident, the manufacturer will often be held liable for the resulting damages.
Here are some common causes of car fires:
- Leaking fuel tanks and lines. The most common cause of vehicle fires are leaks from defective fuel tanks. Defective fuel lines are also dangerous, as they can rupture during an accident. Fuel tanks should be positioned in front of the rear axle, away from sharp objects.
- Electrical system failures. Electrical fires usually begin around the dashboard. Faulty wiring may short and spark fires. A severe crash can sever cables and cause sparks that can ignite fuel.
- Faulty battery. When a battery is not designed correctly, corrosion may form on terminals. Corrosion is highly flammable and can easily start a raging fire.
- Mechanical defects. The ignition of flammable combustibles or an explosion can cause a vehicle fire.
While there’s not much you can do if a vehicle part is defective, there are things you can do to reduce the risk of your vehicle catching fire. Keep these tips in mind:
- Keep your vehicle well-maintained. Ensure your vehicle is serviced regularly by a mechanic.
- Check your vehicle if it is not running properly.
- Try not to transport gasoline inside a car. If you absolutely must do so, transport only a small amount in a certified gas can.
- Never transport gas cans and propane cylinders in the passenger compartment.
- Drive safely to avoid an accident.
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When a vehicle collides with a tree or other object, the result can be a fiery crash. The occupants of the vehicle can suffer severe burns and even death.
Contact the Gainesville car accident attorneys at Meldon Law for help with your case. We’ll assess your case and assist you with the next steps. Schedule a consultation by calling (800) 373-8000 or filling out the online form. We have four offices to serve you: Gainesville, Ocala, Fort Lauderdale, and Lake City.