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Car Catches on Fire After 2-Vehicle Collision

by lauraramos | July 21st, 2022 | Auto Accidents

The Austin Fire Department reported a vehicle on fire in South Austin at 1 p.m. on July 21, 2022.

Details About the Crash

The two-car collision happened close to the intersection of South 1st Street and Cardinal Lane. One of the vehicles crashed into the privacy wall surrounding a South Austin home. 

The Austin Fire Department was called to the scene. When firefighters arrived, the car was already on fire.

Both drivers were evaluated at the scene. Neither needed transportation to the hospital.

Austin Car Accident Attorneys on What To Do if Your Car Catches Fire

Having your car catch on fire after a crash is a nightmare scenario for many people. Being prepared will help keep you from panicking, should you ever face this situation:

  • Get off the road and turn the vehicle off.

If you are still driving when you notice your car begins to smoke or see any flames, pull over immediately! Once you’ve pulled over safely, turn off the car as a running engine can shorten the time you have to escape.

In situations where the fire was caused by an accident, prioritize simply getting out of the vehicle. 

  • Evacuate passengers and animals.

Pulling out anyone or anything alive is a top priority. If you or anyone can move, get an escape route open first before you start attempting to get others out.

If you’re unable to open doors due to damage, break a window if necessary. However, be aware that breaking open a window (or opening a door) will add air to the situation, which can lead to the fire spreading much more quickly. You’ll want to move as fast as you can!

Do NOT attempt to pull out any possessions from the vehicle; worry about the passengers first and foremost. 

You should also never attempt to put the fire out yourself. Also, DO NOT open the hood as this will add air to the fire, which can cause it to grow more intensely.  

If you can close the doors after you leave, be sure to do so.

If you come upon a scene and people are still in the vehicle, get them out. The typical advice is to wait for EMTs to remove victims due to the potential to worsen injuries. This does not apply in the case of a vehicle fire.

  • Stay at least 100 feet away from the vehicle. 

Any victims should be moved as far as safely possible. 100 feet is generally sufficient to keep safe from fumes and fires. Bystanders should also be warned away once victims are safe. 

  • Call for help as soon as possible.

Call 911 as soon as possible. If there are multiple people in the area, ask others to call for help so you can aid passengers (if possible). Try to warn oncoming traffic if possible until help arrives.

If you have been the victim of a car accident that resulted in a vehicle fire, contact your Austin car accident attorneys at Ramos James Law, PLLC, to start your claim. We have experience in car accidents and can help you get the justice you deserve. 

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Source: CBS Austin