Three people were seriously injured Friday afternoon when their 1993 Buick sedan crashed into a tree near the intersection of County Road 42 and State Road 44. The 30-year-old male driver of the vehicle and a 29-year-old female were in the front seat at the time of the collision and both were taken to area hospitals with serious injuries. A one-year-old child who was restrained in a child safety seat in the back was also transported to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. The child’s injuries were only minor.
It is unclear at this time what caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle and leave the road, ultimately striking a nearby tree. Eyewitness accounts report that the vehicle caught fire almost immediately, although the fire remained isolated in the front of the vehicle. Area fire departments responded to the fire and were able to put it out in a very short amount of time. The accident led to the closure of State Road 42 for about two hours while the incident was cleaned up.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, vehicle fires resulting from a collision are pretty uncommon. Only 4% of vehicle collisions result in a fire, however 60% of those incidents result in death for the victims. Mechanical or electrical defects or problems are the greatest cause of vehicle fires, with roughly two-thirds of fires attributed to these issues.
Buick, Ford, GM and Nissan have all had recalls on vehicles manufactured in the past ten years for fire risk related to different vehicle issues. Unfortunately, the burden of discovery for these types of recalls usually rests on the consumer. Most vehicle owners, especially if they have purchased the vehicle used, are unaware that a recall may exist for the automobile that they trust to take them from place to place every day may be a serious health risk. A great example of such a recall are the airbags in many recently manufactured vehicles that may emit shards of plastic when they deploy, causing serious injury and death to vehicle occupants.
If you have been injured as a result of a vehicle defect, we would like to help you get the compensation you deserve. At the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, our staff of legal professionals help men and women every day, who may be struggling in a legal system that is overwhelming and unfairly biased towards large companies looking to protect their interests. We want to help you tell your story. Please give us a call today at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) for more information.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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