All aspects of a vehicle’s fuel system must be properly designed, manufactured, and installed in order to prevent fuel leaks not only during normal driving but also in the event of an auto accident. When fuel systems leak, especially during and after a motor vehicle crash, they can cause a fuel-fed fire, resulting in severe burn injuries and death.
Fuel System Defects
Defects in fuel systems can include design flaws, faulty parts, and improper installation. The entire system must remain sealed, even in a crash, which means that when parts are crushed or struck during an impact, if the vehicle is turned on its side or completely rolls over, it must not leak gas.
Poorly placed gas tanks are a common example of fuel system defects, but less obvious problems can pose just as great of a risk. For instance, engines that leak gas when a vehicle rolls over can cause a post impact fuel-fed fire. Gas caps, fuel lines, fuel pumps, and fuel tanks themselves can all be defective.
Survivable accidents and even accidents that would have otherwise resulted in only minor injuries or no injuries at all can quickly turn fatal when there is a fuel-fed fire.
Experienced Defective Auto Representation
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident caused by a defective fuel system, the attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers can help you receive compensation for your damages. Our attorneys have a great deal of experience handling complex defective auto claims, and we have the skills needed to prove negligence on the part of the auto manufacturer. Let us protect your rights so that you recover the money you need to cover your medical expenses.