Posted On: July 30, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

Fiery Chicago Car Accident Kills Three Women on Southwest Side

Three women are dead today following a Brighton Park car accident that caused the vehicle they were riding to burst into flames. The Chicago car crash occurred on the Southwest Side at around 12:30am when the auto hit a light pole and caught fire. There is a possibility that another car may have been pursuing the vehicle, and police are investigating the incident as a possible hit and run.

Neighbors reportedly rushed to the Cook County car collision site but failed in their attempts to pull out the victims because the flames and heat were too intense. One resident told WGN-TV that they could see the women “burning alive.”

The three ladies reportedly had gone out to celebrate one of their birthdays. According to neighbors, the women may have been drunk when they headed out. Two of them are mothers.

Car Fires
Car fires can cause catastrophic injuries. Burns can be extremely painful, disfiguring, and can even result in death. Some common causes of car fires include driver negligence, faulty or poor maintenance, and defective auto parts. Unfortunately, car fires are not uncommon.

According to AAA and the National Fire Protection Association, in 2004 there were 266,000 car fires, over 1300 car fire victims, and 520 resulting fatalities. NFPA said that every two minutes in the US, a car catches fire on a highway. AAA noted that more people are killed in car fires each year than in apartment fires.

With several flammable fluids under a car hood, it is no wonder that the risk of car fire injury is high. Not only is it important to check the vehicle regularly, but also motorists must drive safely because car fires have been known to ignite during a serious Illinois accident.

3 killed in fiery crash as rescuers watch in horror, Chicago Breaking News, July 30, 2010

New Warning to be Issued About Deadly Car Fires, ABC News, October 12, 2005

Related Web Resources:
Burns, National Institute of Health


National Fire Protection Association

If you believe that your loved one died in a car fire because a driver or another party was negligent, please contact our Chicago car accident lawyers today.

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