Everyone loves action movies for their shock value. Vehicles crash, rollover and explode, yet the driver walks away unhurt. The fact is a gas tank explosion can cause serious injuries or death and most drivers do not walk away. Farah & Farah, P.A., Jacksonville auto product liability lawyers, explain the reasons a gas tank may explode below.
Causes of Gas Tank Explosions
Most gas tank explosions occur during or after a car crash. The location of the tank (either side or rear) is the major reason a gas tank explodes. The other reasons a gas tank may explode include:
- A defect in the design of the gas tank
- Gas leak
- Side saddle gas tanks which are common in older cars and trucks
- Other defective materials that could cause the tank to explode such as tubes and pumps
- Negligence or maintenance error if the tank had been repaired incorrectly
- Car owner irresponsibility such as using objects to remove fuel.
Many of these circumstances could be avoided if a defective gas tank was corrected before an accident happened. However, many manufacturers continue to produce a car without changing the design.
Injuries from Gas Tank Explosions
A gas tank explosion will result in a fire. If a driver or passenger is trapped inside the vehicle, a burn-related death can occur. Injuries due to gas tank explosions include severe burns, lost limbs, disfigurement, scarring and intense pain. The recovery period for any of these injuries is long term requiring extensive rehabilitation and reconstructive surgery. In the meantime, medical expenses, out-of-pocket expenses and the inability to work may cause you additional stress.
Florida Gas Tank Explosion Lawyers
If you or a family member has been injured in a gas tank explosion, obtain legal advice from a law firm with experience in auto product liability law. The Jacksonville auto product liability lawyers at Farah & Farah, P.A., can help you seek damages for the medical, financial and emotional damages the accident has caused. Engineers, doctors and scientists can help you and your lawyer build a strong case on your behalf. A gas tank explosion can change your life forever. You deserve to have someone seek justice on your behalf.