Gas tanks help make modern life possible. However, in densely packed cities the chances of an explosion increases, as does the risk of severe injury or death. When faced with such an event, it could be due to many factors, including mechanical or maintenance defect. Ehline Law has dealt with cases like this before and use our experience to help injury victims.
Vehicle Designs Known For Faulty Gas Tanks
There could be many reasons for faulty gas tanks in motor vehicles exploding. These could be due to defective manufacturing of the tank itself, the most common cause or the mounting to the vehicle. These can usually be brought back to the design stage, where something was defective and not meant for the purpose it was ultimately placed into. The design and manufacturing of the tank and its apparatuses are among the top reasons for gas tank explosion, causing severe injuries. These can include burns, such as the melting of the skin, permanent nerve system damage, chronic permanent pain, and the inability to sweat. These injuries could also lead to death. Even surviving such an explosion can lead to tremendous trauma and scarring, including disfigurement.
These types of injuries could lead to many surgeries, including plastic surgery, reconstructive surgery, and skin grafts. When faced with this type of fire and explosion, these types of injury are particularly severe. The correct attorney can help victims get into touch with proper physicians and restitution to pay for it.
Manufacturing and Design Defect Case Studies
There are many case study of automobile manufacturing defects. This includes the seminal cases of poorly designed placement of gas tanks. These can include popular pickup trucks, Ford Pintos, Crown Victorias, and others. The design of these vehicles place the fuel tank in vulnerable position, including saddlebag tanks in trucks outside the frame.
These can make the vehicles vulnerable to side and rear collisions, causing explosions. The Pinto and Crown Victoria have been known for tanks that explode on impact due to the mounting of the gas tank between the rear axle and the bumper. When struck in the back, an explosion can occur. The Pintos were made in the 1970s and the offending Crown Vics in the 1990s, and have their own records of faulty construction and explosions. These can lead to terrible fires and fuel line safety issues.
If you or a loved one has been affected by such an accident, make sure that you receive only the best in medical and legal care. Ehline Law is there to assist in these complex cases and will use our experience to your advantage. Call us today for more information.