Tractor trailer fires are sparked by truck accidents in Miami and across the nation. In fact, this past April, a tractor trailer traveling on the Sawgrass Expressway overturned and caught fire, tragically killing two people. Firefighters struggled to contain the blaze with no fire hydrant close by. The fire smoldered for some time until it was finally extinguished.
The Causes of Tractor Trailer Fires
Tractor trailer fires can erupt when certain conditions present themselves following an accident. When a fire does happen, it is often a serious event that causes deadly injuries to truck drivers, the passengers of motor vehicles, and anyone in the vicinity of the accident. Thousands of lives are claimed each year due to tractor trailer accidents, many of which involve fires.
One of the greatest risks for fire is the transportation of flammable products. When a tractor trailer is carrying flammable materials, this greatly increases the risks of a fire in the event of an accident. Flammable materials can rapidly catch fire if the fuel tank within the truck ruptures or the battery box ignites. Flammable materials burn faster and catch fire easier, creating a dangerous situation for anyone in their wake.
Trucks can catch fire due to fuel tank ruptures, but they are actually less likely to do so then cars. Trucks run off diesel fuel, which is more flame resistant than regular gasoline. When diesel gas with a truck does ignite, however, the fire will be massive due to the hundreds of gallons of gasoline stored in the truck.
For trucks, the battery box is the most likely ignition source in the event of a rollover or collision accident. The location of the truck’s battery box will impact the likelihood of a fire. If the battery is located inside the frame rails or behind the cab by the fifth wheel, a fire is more likely to happen in the event of a rollover accident. To protect against fire, truck batteries should be placed within a steel box in order to reduce the risk of rollover accidents and should be kept in a safe location that is not close to areas likely to experience damage in the event of a crash.
If you are injured in a truck accident that involves a fire, you may be eligible to seek compensation from the truck driver, trucking company, or manufacturer of the tractor or trailer. All trucks should be designed and manufactured so as to protect against defects that could cause fires. Trucks carrying flammable materials must meet stringent safety standards and contain clear external warnings as to their flammable nature in order to protect against fires. If a truck driver, trucking company, or manufacturer negligently acts to cause the fire or create an unreasonable fire hazard, they could be liable for your damages sustained in the crash, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
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