One driver is dead after their car caught fire in a single-vehicle accident in Dallas, TX. The crash occurred around 2:21 a.m. on Thursday, February 24, on the 11880 North Central Expressway.
The Fiery Accident
On Thursday, February 24, around 2:21 a.m. a driver was on the northbound side of the 11880 North Central Expressway near the intersection of U.S. Highway 75 and Forest Lane. According to Dallas Police, the driver lost control of their vehicle, left the roadway, hit a tree in front of a Whataburger restaurant, and caught fire.
The Dallas Fire-Rescue team responded to the scene to put out the car fire. Once the fire was extinguished, officers started investigating the vehicle.
The Dallas Fire-Rescue team pronounced the driver dead at the scene. Officials are currently investigating the crash. It is unknown whether the icy conditions in North Texas played a part in the accident.
Parts of the North Central Expressway and Forest Lane were shut down while officers and firefighters were on the scene.
What Should You Do in the Event of a Car Fire?
If your accident causes your car to start on fire, panic can set in and make it difficult for you to make safe decisions. However, if direct action is not taken, a car fire can result in severe injuries and possible fatalities for you and any passengers in the vehicle.
While every situation is different, there are a few key steps you should follow in the event of a car fire:
- Get out of your vehicle — Once your car starts on fire after an accident, your top priority is getting yourself safely out of your vehicle. If you wait too long, the fire could lead to an explosion and more severe injuries.
- Help other passengers get out — Make sure all car doors are unlocked before exiting the vehicle. Once you’re safely out, help any other passengers out of the vehicle.
- Call emergency services — Call the fire department, police department, and an ambulance if necessary. The fire department can extinguish the car fire while the police department redirects oncoming traffic.
- Contact your car insurance provider — Once the scene has calmed down, contact your insurance provider so they can assess the damages of the accident.
- Arrange vehicle transport through your car service center — In order to arrange the transport of your damaged vehicle, contact your local car service center after the fire has been extinguished.
Whether the fire starts slowly or quickly erupts after an accident, the first and most important thing you can do is to get yourself and all your passengers out of the vehicle. Doing so can allow you to safely distance yourself from the fire and contact emergency services for help.
Reach out to your Houston car accident attorneys at Lapeze & Johns today to get started on your legal claim.