1 Injured, 1 Dead in Fiery Weekend Crash in DeKalb County

One person is dead and another is injured after a two-vehicle crash Saturday evening that caused both vehicles to catch on fire near Bermuda Road and English Manor Place. The deceased driver had become trapped in their car when it went up in flames, according to a report from Fox 5. The driver of the other vehicle suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital. At the time of the report, police were still investigating the incident.

There are several reasons a vehicle will catch on fire, according to the car and travel website, Way.com. Some of these reasons include defective fuel lines where fuel can be ignited due to a spark or superheated metal, electrical system failures, faulty batteries, and mechanical flaws. Plug-in hybrids and hybrid electric vehicles are most likely to experience a fire, with 3,474 fires per 100,000 sales. Though they remain the most popular type of vehicle on the road and, therefore, post the highest number of vehicle fires, gasoline and diesel-fueled vehicles are the second-most likely type to catch on fire, with 1,529 fires per 100,000 sales. 62 percent of all vehicle fires begin in the engine, running gear, or wheel areas of the vehicle. Only 3 percent of vehicle fires are the result of a collision or rollover, and the genesis of the fire in nearly half of these accidents was a mechanical failure, leaks, or worn-out parts. 23 percent of fires after accidents result from electrical problems.

If you’ve been injured or have lost a loved one in an accident in the Atlanta region that was caused by someone else’s carelessness or recklessness, an experienced attorney from Cambre & Associates can tell you about the process of seeking compensation for the expenses and impacts of your injury or loss. Contact us for a free case evaluation.