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Assessing a car’s risk of fire

Posted on July 2, 2015 11:41 am under Automotive Defects

Cars are made of complex circuits of wires that make it possible for the vehicle to perform its electric functions. However, these same wires can put your car at risk of catching fire. In fact, in 2013, the National Fire Protection recorded a total of 164,000 highway vehicle fires, claiming the lives of 300 people and injuring 925 others.

Here are the common causes of vehicle fires:

  • Water/oil leak – water or oil in your vehicle’s electrical system may cause it to short circuit, increasing the risk of fire
  • Overheating of engine – as an engine overheats, flammable fluids rise to combustible temperatures and may catch fire
  • Fuel leak – a leaking fuel tank is considered the most common cause of car fires
  • Poor maintenance – leaving open wires and leaky gaskets unmanaged makes your car more prone to fire

Unfortunately, some cases of car fires occur as a result of car design flaws. You don’t have to deal with the damages brought about by a car fire alone. To learn more about seeking compensation from the negligent car manufacturer involved, speak with our Wisconsin-based personal injury attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling (414) 271-0900 today.