Vehicle fires account for 20 percent of serious fires. Few of the 260,000 car fires that occur each year are due to accidents. The rest are caused by faulty car parts, wiring problems, or inadequate maintenance.
The best way to prevent automobile fires is to take good care of your vehicle. These tips from the auto accident attorneys at Hupy and Abraham can help.
- Pay attention to your car. Burning smells, blown fuses, and lighting or door issues can be signs of an electrical problem or a faulty part. Don’t ignore these problems.
- Get your fuel line checked during your car’s routine maintenance appointment. Fuel o-rings should be replaced about every 60,000 miles.
- Maintain your battery. Defective batteries are a leading cause of car fires.
- Get any oil leaks repaired right away.
- Use a funnel when adding oil to your car. Any splashed oil can ignite if the car becomes hot.
- When a mechanic or gas station attendant replaces your oil, double check that the cap is secure.
- If your car overheats, pull over and let it cool down.
- Keep your vehicle clear of clutter that can cause a fire to spread.
If you have been injured in a car fire caused by an accident, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries. To learn more about Iowa accident claims, please contact Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678.