Gas Tank Defects
New Jersey Gas Tank Defect Lawyers
Most gas tank explosions occur during or after a car crash. A gas tank explosion will result in a fire that can cause serious injuries or death. Most drivers do not walk away. If a driver or passenger is trapped inside the vehicle, a burn-related death can occur. Injuries due to gas tank explosions include severe burns, lost limbs, disfigurement, scarring and intense pain. The recovery period for any of these injuries is long term requiring extensive rehabilitation and reconstructive surgery. In the meantime, medical expenses, out-of-pocket expenses and the inability to work may cause you additional stress.
In the event of a fuel-fed fire, damage from a car accident can increase significantly. Many fuel-fed fires are the result of improper placement of the gas tank, defects in the fuel line, and other flaws in design and construction. The location of the tank (either side or rear) is the major reason a gas tank explodes. Other reasons a gas tank may explode include:
• A defect in the design of the gas tank
• Gas leak
• Side saddle gas tanks which are common in older cars and trucks
• Other defective materials that could cause the tank to explode such as tubes and pumps
• Negligence or maintenance error if the tank had been repaired incorrectly
• Car owner irresponsibility such as using objects to remove fuel.
Many of these circumstances could be avoided if a defective gas tank was corrected before an accident happened. However, many manufacturers continue to produce a car without changing the design.
A gas tank explosion can change your life forever. Because of the deaths and extremely serious bodily injuries that can result from these cases, they need to be handled by a firm with the experience and resources to take on major auto manufacturers in regard to designs that simply aren’t safe for motorists. Have you or a loved one been injured due to a defective gas tank? Engineers, doctors and scientists can help you and your lawyer build a strong case on your behalf. You deserve to have someone seek justice on your behalf. Contact an attorney at the New Jersey law firm of O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble. You can simply Contact us online or call 1-908-251-9368 or 1-800-586-5817 for a free no obligation consultation.