In a horrible tragedy in a Las Vegas East Valley apartment complex, two children were the victim of a vehicle fire, according to recent reports. The accident occurred at the Arcadia Palms complex located on Sahara Avenue between U.S. Highway 95 and Boulder Highway. Officers arrived to find a vehicle engulfed in flames. Upon extinguishing the flames, firefighters learned that two juveniles were inside the vehicle.
Police believe that the children were playing inside the minivan at the time it caught fire, but do not believe that arson or foul play was involved. Police also said that the children, who were related, were being supervised at the time of the accident. The vehicle was not running when it caught fire. No charges have been filed.
Vehicle Fire Facts and Statistics
Vehicle fires are more common than many people realize. According to the National Fire Protection Association, about 20 percent of all fires involve vehicles and 18 percent of all fires take place on a road or highway. At least one per day has died in a vehicle fire in the past decade, with numbers increasing slightly in the past five years. There are also more than 1,500 injuries related to vehicle fires each year.
About 75 percent of all vehicle fires are caused by mechanical failures. However vehicle fires caused by collisions with another vehicle or a stationary object are responsible for about 60 percent of all deaths related to vehicle fires. About a third of all injuries in vehicle fire cases occur with “good Samaritans” who try to fight the fire before help arrives.
What Should Victims of Vehicle Fires Do?
Because very few vehicle fires are the result of negligence on the part of the victim, many who are injured in a vehicle fire accident may have grounds to file a lawsuit against the vehicle manufacturer or another driver. However, collecting any compensation from these parties may be difficult.
In order to win a personal injury case, it is usually necessary to show negligence on the part of the defendant. In the case of a vehicle fire, this may mean showing that the car was poorly manufactured. That may require the help of an expert, particularly if the vehicle was destroyed in the blaze.
If you have been the victim of a vehicle fire, contact the personal injury attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas for a free consultation.