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Vehicle Ignites While in Car Wash in Bordentown, New Jersey

By Lependorf & Silverstein on February 8, 2022

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Bordentown City (January 31st, 2022) – Firefighters in Bordentown, New Jersey worked to extinguish a fire that broke out on a vehicle that was in a car wash on the evening of January 31st.

According to reports, Consolidated Fire Association members, which is a department in Bordentown, responded to the scene on reports of a vehicle on fire around 5 p.m. The fire crews arrived at the Valet Auto Wash, which is on the 800 block of US-206, and found the vehicle engulfed in flames.

Reports indicate that the vehicle was inside the establishment when the fire broke out. Fortunately, the vehicle was pushed out by the car wash employees and the vehicle owner.

There are no reports on the physical well-being of those involved. It is not yet known what caused the fire.

Many people fail to recognize that more people die each year as a result of motor vehicle fires than fires that happen in structure buildings. Fires that break out in motor vehicles are incredibly violent and can lead to catastrophic injuries, which may have fatal consequences.

Car fires can happen for many different reasons, but they generally occur as a result of a defect in the vehicle’s design. They can also happen as a result of defective auto parts, such as defective gas tanks or unshielded fuel systems. Fires that are fuel-fed could spread very quickly and they can leave a trapped person with little room to escape. Additionally, occupants can suffer serious burns as a result of the escaping gas from deployed airbags.

Whenever a motor vehicle combusts, the situation can quickly turn life-threatening for any person near the vehicle. Motor vehicles are not supposed to catch fire spontaneously but when they do, this is usually a tell-tell sign that there is some form of defect in the vehicle. For this reason, whenever there is a vehicle that has caught fire, it is important to scrutinize the situation to determine the cause of the dangerous incident. Depending on the facts of the case, there may be legal recourse against the party responsible for the injury-causing incident. After a person is injured in an incident involving a vehicle catching fire, it may be possible to obtain monetary damages such as time taken off work while in recovery, the cost of medical treatment, loss of earning potential, and even emotional distress.

In order to obtain compensation, it is important to understand how these dangerous situations happen in the first place. When it comes to vehicle fires, these incidents are primarily caused by both fuel and electrical issues in the vehicle. This may happen as a result of a defective design or auto body part.

Vehicle defects that could lead to fire may be caused by leaking fuel tanks or lines. A fuel tank should be placed in front of the vehicle’s rear axle. It should also have several fuel cell bladders and anti-puncture shields. All sharp objects, such as brackets, should not be installed in the fuel tank’s surrounding areas. Vehicle fires are usually caused by a leak caused by a defective fuel tank. A defective fuel tank line or one that is poorly routed can quickly cause a serious fire. Flammable materials, such as oil or fuel, that have leaked can ignite if they are exposed to some form of superheated metal or a spark.

Another type of defect that can result in a vehicle fire is an electrical system failure. Fires caused by electrical systems generally begin in the vehicle’s dashboard or near it. The vehicle’s extensive wiring system can easily become damaged in the event of an accident. If the system is in any way severed and there are nearby sparks, this could ignite a fire. Also, the defective wiring in an ignition system can lead to a short and could potentially spark a fire.

When a vehicle combusts, the fire can cause long-lasting injuries to those near the incident. Some of the most harmful injuries caused by these incidents are burn injuries and toxic exposure.

A person can be severely burned when touching the hot metal of a fiery vehicle, hot steam that is escaping from the vehicle, or hot coolant. Depending on the extent of the burn injuries, it is possible that the burn can cause scarring, amputations, skiing tightening, disability, skin infections, and even death.

Toxic exposure is another type of serious injury that can lead to catastrophic injuries in an incident involving a fiery motor vehicle. Any exposure to toxic fumes may lead to irreversible lung damage and lifelong respiratory issues.

If you or someone you love has been severely injured in an incident involving a vehicle fire, it is important to know that there may be legal recourse available against the party responsible for the incident. Take immediate action and discuss the case with a well-versed auto accident attorney who has experience in handling vehicle fire incidents. A skilled attorney will assess your case, ensure all evidence is secured, and ensure you and your loved ones obtain the compensation you truly deserve.

At Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. advocating on behalf of those injured as a result of another’s negligent and reckless actions is a top priority. Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. is focused on championing on behalf of injured victims and is dedicated to ensuring their clients obtain justice for their losses. When a motor vehicle accident results in the death of a loved one, the victim’s family should not have to bear the financial burden caused by the negligent action. Instead, the attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. are positioned to help grieving families obtain the compensation they are entitled to.

Whether you were injured in an auto accident or have lost a loved one as a result of another party’s negligence, take swift action and seek the legal support of the proficient attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. The law firm is dedicated to you and your loved ones and will do everything possible to help you through this difficult time. Consider scheduling your no-obligation consultation with the law firm by completing the online contact form here.

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