Sacramento Two-Vehicle Accident Results in Injury
A two-vehicle accident in Sacramento in the area of Arden-Arcade on August 22 resulted in an injury to one person along southbound Watt Avenue. The accident happened at around 3:21 in the afternoon just north of Marconi Avenue when a Toyota Prius collided with a Buick, after which smoke and flames issued from one of the vehicles, according to a report by the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Responders with the Sacramento Fire Department arrived at the scene to discover a woman in the Buick had suffered a neck injury. A tow truck was called to remove the Toyota, and there was a widespread debris field left on the street as a result of the two-vehicle accident.
What an Attorney Can Do For You
Calling an attorney soon after a two-vehicle accident can affect the compensation you receive. One of the main reasons for this is that it is necessary to prove fault, and doing that can be complicated when you are injured. Our firm sends an investigative team to the accident site to search for evidence. We interview witnesses to the crash and obtain video footage captured by traffic cameras or by storefront businesses. We also check for manufacturing defects. Once this data is amassed, our legal team builds a strong case for the plaintiff to negotiate a settlement or present in civil court.
Twenty percent of all fires are car fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Some statistics that have seen an increase note that between the years 2003 and 2007 there were 287,000 car fires each year. About 1,500 people were injured in the car fire accidents, and approximately 480 individuals died. Property damage was set at $1.3 billion.
Some of the reasons the car fires started are listed below:
- Collisions: Car fire accidents are often caused by a collision. Even though the front and rear ends are designed to protect the passengers and the gas tank, a fuel leak can occur during a crash.
- Lack of maintenance: It is important to inspect under the hood often. Look for frayed wires, seals that are not intact and broken parts. If a frayed wire, for example, comes in contact with a flammable substance, the risk of fire is increased.
- Flaws in design: The car’s design can be implicated in a car fire. In one vehicle, adjusting a power seat led to a car fire due to electrical shorts the device emitted. If a design flaw is the reason for a car fire, your attorney will be able to file a product liability lawsuit.
- Overheating: Cars overheat, especially in certain parts of the country. If oil comes in contact with the overheated engine part, it is common for a fire to erupt.
- Batteries: Batteries in hybrid cars are notorious for starting a car fire. A good example is the Telsa S. Shortly after it was promoted as being one of the safest cars in terms of electrical fires, one of the vehicles caught fire due to the battery.
- Fuel leaks: Leaks in the fuel system are the most common causes of car fires. It is difficult to find fuel leaks on occasion, and it can happen randomly. If you smell gasoline around your vehicle, it is possible you have a fuel leak.
- Faults in the electrical system: Frayed wires are the main culprits here. On other occasions, the hydrogen in the engine area may spark due to the current a recharging battery provides.
Sacramento Car Accident Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento car accident lawyer. Traffic collisions can leave behind serious injuries and resulting expenses in two-vehicle accidents. If negligence was the cause, I have compassionate, free and friendly advice to offer. Contact me at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400. You can also contact me online if it is more convenient.
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