GoDanRiver.com, a publication based in Virginia, reported recently that the Virginia State Police, the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, and a nearby rescue squad came to the aid of a teenager who lost control of his vehicle on Kentuck Road. The teen hit a utility pole and then went down an embankment. The driver was found outside of the car, which had burst into flames and was burned beyond recognition. The teen was taken to Danville Regional Medical Center for treatment.
Accident reconstruction professionals or other experts are sometimes employed by personal injury lawyers to determine the cause of a vehicle fire. In many car fire cases, speed causes damage to the fuel tank, and the damage to the fuel tank causes a rupture, which in turn causes gasoline to escape. When gasoline escapes it can easily catch fire from any spark or heat source. Gas is meant to burn at high temperatures, which makes it tough to put a fire out once it starts.
The main concern with burn injuries are the injuries to the driver, passengers, and those nearby. Burn injuries can easily cause death. When they don’t, they can cause permanent disfigurement and extreme pain. They can also cause severe internal organ damage.
Additionally, once a car starts to burn, it will probably end up being a total loss – forcing the owner to get a new vehicle to replace it.
Being in a car accident is difficult under any circumstances, but being in a car that bursts into flames can be absolutely devastating. If you or a loved one has been hurt or killed in a vehicle fire, you need immediate help. Contact Norfolk attorney Joe Miller at Joe Miller Law, Ltd., today by calling (888) 694-1671. We have helped countless car accident victims in Virginia pursue the financial compensation they need to deal with their injuries, and we are ready to put this experience to work on your case.