Vehicle fires can be terrifying - and they can change you life forever. The victims of car accidents and vehicle fires can be left with serious injuries, long-term disabilities, and emotional issues, including severe burns, extensive scarring, depression, anxiety, nerve damage, tissue damages, and more.
· According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), one out of five reported fires is a car fire. In fact, 18 percent of all fires takes place on a highway or other road and involves a motor vehicle.
· Also according to the NFPA, 33 car fires are reported every hour across the country, with one person per day dying in a car fire accident in the years between 2002 and 2005.
· According to the National Fire Protection Association, there were 258,000 vehicle fires in 2007 and 385 deaths. There were 1,675 injuries.
· According to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS), teen with drivers' licenses and young adults are the demographic most likely to be involved in a car fire accident. Young males were more likely to be a victim of a car fire than young females.
· There is a vehicle fire every 96 seconds in the United States.
· The majority (75%) of highway vehicle fires are caused by mechanical failures or other car malfunctions. However, vehicle fires caused by collisions are responsible for almost 60% of vehicle fire deaths.
· One out of three vehicle fire injuries occur when car fire victims attempt to fight the vehicle fire without the help of emergency workers and experienced firemen.
· In 2007, vehicle fires cost Americans $1.41 billion dollars.