Experienced Defective Vehicle Fires Attorneys in New Mexico and Texas
That is because even a small fire that causes any portion of a vehicle to smoke or burst into flames can cause severe injuries or — depending on the nature of the fire — fatalities to the driver and its occupants.
In addition, vehicle fires can incite immediate fear, causing the driver to swerve or stop suddenly to escape the danger, only to cause a crash as a result.
Unfortunately, all types of vehicles, including cars, trucks, SUVs, and motorcycles have countless moving parts that can lead to fire without notice. Worse, if the vehicle’s manufacturer knew about the potential for fire, without warning consumers, injuries, deaths, and property damage that results, the automakers may be liable for the overall damages.
Our skilled defective vehicle fire lawyers in Texas and New Mexico can help you make sense of your case, so you know who can be held liable, and how together we can pursue them for your full financial recovery.
What Types of Vehicle Defects Cause Fires?
When any part of a vehicle is defective, the lacking mechanical or integral part of the car, truck, or SUV can cause widespread damage to its functionality, which can result in a fire.
Historically, most vehicle defects that led to fires were found in gas or diesel engine vehicles. Now, however, even electric cars are resulting in vehicle fires caused by defective components.
Some of the most common types of vehicle defects that can lead to fires include, but are not limited to:
- Defective airbag detonators
- Defects in a vehicle’s gas tank or fuel-delivery system, including cracks, loose configuration, or leaks
- Design flaws
- Electrical system defects
- Faulty battery systems or components
- Leaking lines or houses that drip or spray flammable liquids like engine oil, power steering fluid, engine coolant, and brake fluid
- Overheating engines and/or catalytic converters
- Severed or corroded wires
While a vehicle’s defects that lead to fire may not be obvious, they may become deadly during a collision. Depending on the defect, and where the impact occurs during the crash, the car can potentially catch fire — or worse, explode — without warning during a crash.
If you or someone you love was injured or killed in a vehicle fire caused by a defect, contact our skilled personal injury lawyers in Texas and New Mexico today to learn how we can help you hold the liable party accountable for your full financial recovery.
What are the Most Common Types of Injuries that Occur in Defective Vehicle Fires?
Individuals who are victims of car fires often suffer severe injuries, including burns that can change their lives.
Burns, scarring, and disfigurement that occurs during a defective vehicle fire may require extensive and ongoing medical treatment, possibly involving skin grafting and/or reconstructive surgeries to help return the burn victim to their previous quality of life.
In addition to burns, other common defective vehicle accident injuries may include:
- Cuts and lacerations
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding and organ damage
- Head, chest, neck, or back injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Loss of limbs
- Toxic exposure from the fire or explosion
- Wrongful death
If you have been hurt or lost a loved one in a car, truck, or SUV fire because of a vehicle defect, contact our skilled personal injury lawyers in Texas and New Mexico today to discuss your case during a free consultation.
Who Can Be Held Liable for Fires Caused by Vehicle Defects?
If you have been injured in a vehicle fire caused by a defect, our skilled personal injury lawyers in Texas or New Mexico can help you determine where the issue started, and who is liable for your financial recovery.
That may include the vehicle:
- Parts or components manufacturers
- The company that assembled a part, system, or the vehicle itself
- The company that transported or shipped the vehicle
- The dealership that sold the vehicle
If you are unsure of who can be held liable for your defective vehicle fire, we can help. Allow our skilled Texas and New Mexico personal injury lawyers to outline your case during a free consultation. Once we determine who is at fault, we will provide the legal guidance you need to make informed decisions about the direction of your case.
What Type of Financial Recovery Can I Pursue During a Defective Vehicle Fire Case in Texas or New Mexico?
Depending on our injuries and the overall damages you incurred, your financial recovery options may differ from another personal injury victim.
That may include compensation for your:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages and reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- The negative impact on the quality of life
- Punitive damages to punish the manufacturer
- Wrongful death compensation
Learn more about your legal rights and options to pursue the liable party by contacting our skilled defective vehicle injury attorneys in Texas and New Mexico today.
Contact Our Defective Vehicle Fire Lawyers at the Ruhmann Law Firm Today
If you have been injured in an accident or lost a loved one in a crash because of a vehicle defect that caused a fire, contact our experienced personal injury lawyers in Texas at (915) 845-4529, New Mexico at (505) 388-9500, or online to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today.
While our personal injury law firm’s hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, our staff will make special arrangements to meet with you after hours or on weekends at a location convenient for you and your family, if you cannot come to either of our office locations.
If you hire us to represent you in your defective vehicle fire case, we will not bill you for any attorney’s fees unless you recover financial damages in a negotiated settlement or jury award. That is our promise to our clients, so they can focus on getting more from their cases.
Contact us today to learn how we can help you move forward with confidence.