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Car Fire Statistics: Are You in Danger?

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Protecting your family is a nonstop job that comes with a lot of stress and worry, especially while you are driving.

Out of all of your daily activities, driving has the most potential to cause you and your family harm. Every day you must stay alert for poor drivers on US-522 and dangerous distractions when driving your kids to Wilson Morrison Elementary. Fatigue and bad weather can also lead to a tragic accident, so you must be aware of those as well.

Unfortunately, there is one more driving hazard beginning to spread that may not have yet crossed your radar: car fires.

Fueling the Fire: How Your Actions Increase Your Odds for a Car Fire

Car fires are becoming more and more common, due to the increase in electrical add-ons and devices in newer vehicles, as well as the need to push cars harder and harder. The National Fire Protection Agency estimates that 33 cars catch on fire every hour in the United States alone. This outstanding number is scary enough, but additional data from the National Fire Data Center's Topical Fire Report Series illustrates even further how likely you are of experiencing a car fire, and the consequences from such an incident:

  • Fire departments across the nation respond to over 60,000 highway accident sites each year where a car fire has played a significant role in the destruction.
  • Approximately one in seven fires responded to is a highway vehicle fire.
  • Eighty-six percent of highway vehicle fires occurred in passenger vehicles.
  • Sixty-one percent of highway vehicle fires originated in the engine, running gear, or wheel area of the vehicle, causing over a third (35 percent) of all car fire fatalities.
  • Mechanical failure is the leading cause of car fires, contributing to more than 44 percent of the incidents; the second leading cause is unintentional driver error ,at 32 percent.
  • Electrical wiring insulation and flammable liquids in the engine have found to be the most common ignition points in a car fire. Insulation ignites first, approximately 28 percent of the time, while flammable liquids ignite first 18 percent of the time.

No matter what the cause of the fire, protecting yourself and your family needs to be your number one priority. Once you’re all safely away from harm, then you can begin to make sense of what happened and where you go from there.

Making Sense of Your Accident

Insurance companies can be less than understanding—even heartless—when it comes to car accident claims. However, you don’t have to rely on them to help you understand your rights and options. If you’ve recently been injured, or sustained a traumatic loss in a car accident fire, contact us immediately. Not only do we know how to deal with insurance companies, but we know how to fight for your rights. Don’t allow them to confuse the issue or keep you from getting the settlement you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation and step-by-step review of your rights, options, and claim goals.

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