The United States Fire Administration (USFA) recently released data that describes the magnitude of car fires throughout each of the 50 states. From the start of 2014 through the end of 2016, the United States averaged 171 car fires per year, with 80 percent of the car fires occurring in passenger vehicles. More than 40 percent of car fires resulted from unintentional action, such as the unintentional negligence committed by an auto manufacturer. An automobile can catch fire for several unintentional reasons, such as a compromised fuel tank that explodes while a car is in motion.
Many of the injuries sustained because of a car fire turn out to be serious. If you sustained one or more injuries caused by a car fire, you might ask the question, “Can I sue if my car catches on fire?” The answer depends on whether you can prove the dealer or the manufacturer should be held legally liable for committing one or more acts of negligence. Suing for a car fire requires you to file a product liability lawsuit, which can be difficult to win unless you hire an experienced team of product liability attorneys.
For more than three decades, the personal injury lawyers at Morgan & Morgan have recovered more than $14 billion in monetary damages for our clients, with some of the compensation coming from product liability lawsuits. As a type of personal injury case, a product liability lawsuit requires a skilled litigator to conduct an exhaustive investigation that demonstrates a manufacturer and/or retailer should be held accountable for designing and constructing a dangerous product like a vehicle that catches fire.
Schedule a free case evaluation with a product liability attorney from Morgan & Morgan to determine whether the manufacturer and/or dealership committed one or more acts of negligence.