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Sacramento County Sheriff’s Vehicle Catches Fire

Posted on Wednesday, January 14th, 2015    

A Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy was involved in a multi-vehicle crash that led to a fire in his unmarked detective’s vehicle, according to recent reports. The deputy was uninjured, but several other people involved in the crash suffered minor injuries. The crash occurred on a bridge near Cal Expo and Capital City Freeway in Arden when the detective was rear-ended by another driver. It is unclear exactly what caused the car to catch fire, but an investigation into the crash is ongoing. No charges appear to have been filed immediately following the crash.

Car Fires Cause Damage, Injury

Car fires are relatively uncommon, according to the National Fire Prevention Association. In most cases, cars catch fire because of defects in the vehicle. Problems such as faulty wiring or leaking fluids can lead to a car fire, particularly if the car is subject to a severe impact in a car accident.

In order to prevent a car fire, the NFPA says that drivers should have their vehicles serviced regularly and should investigate any leaking fluids immediately. Never transport large amounts of gasoline in a vehicle, and never transport propane cylinders or gas cans in the passenger section of the vehicle. Any blown fuses or other electrical problems should be investigated immediately.

Catalytic converters also cause a number of car fires when grass or other flammable materials touch the bottom of the car. Parking on top of dry grass can quickly lead to a fire, so drivers should be aware of where they are stopping and only park on hard or paved surfaces if possible.

The NFPA suggests that anyone whose car is on fire pull over, turn off the engine and exit the vehicle. Driver and occupants should move at least 100 feet away from the burning car.

How To Handle A Car Fire Accident

While car fires do not happen often, they can may cause serious injury or death for innocent victims. Anyone who has been in a car accident should have the support of a car accident lawyer who has experience in handling these types of cases. This is especially important when the accident involves multiple vehicles and complicated liability issues.

The Amerio Law Firm in Sacramento has been handling car accident cases of all types for many years. The compassionate, experienced personal injury attorneys at Amerio Law Firm have a dedication to protecting your rights and will work hard for good results in your case.

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