Gas Tank Explosions
Until we all have vehicles powered by the sun, electricity or fairy dust, the fuel that is required to operate our motor vehicles will continue to be highly flammable. It is not uncommon for gasoline tanks to explode on impact or rupture during accidents, causing leakage, which can either result in a secondary explosion or cause fuel-fed fires.
Currently, there are several models of trucks and cars on the road that have histories of problems with their gas tanks. In most of these vehicles, the gas tanks may explode upon impact, resulting in death, disfigurement, and other serious injuries to crash victims.
The vehicle that is most identified with problems with its gas tank was the Ford Pinto. In the late 1970s, Ford recalled 1.5 million Pintos due to a design defect of the gas tank. The design defect made the Pinto more likely to catch fire when it was rear-ended. Ford neglected to make an inexpensive modification that would have saved lives until after a well-publicized tragedy.
The defects are most likely to be related either to the placement of the gas tank on the vehicle, a rupture in the gas line, or in some cases improper maintenance of the vehicle. In some vehicles, the gas tank is not as protected as it should be. Today, several models of pickup trucks, as well as Ford Crown Victorias, are known to have problems with their fuel tanks. This defect can be a problem for police in particular, since Crown Victorias are standard police vehicles that may undergo rigorous driving and crashes in the course of police work.
Many other models of both trucks and cars manufactured in the 1970s and 1980s were designed with gas tanks mounted on the outside of the vehicles frame, which can make the tank more susceptible to being damaged during a side crash.
A fire or explosion in an automobile can get out of hand quickly, because it is fueled by gas from the car. An accident victim is often too stunned from the impact of the accident to be able to escape as quickly as necessary, which can lead to tragedy. If you or a loved one has been injured because of a gas tank explosion, call California injury attorney Don Sjaarda at 714-963-8216. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, damage to your property, medical expenses, lost wages and more.
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