The fire spread among a line of parked cars and to a nearby building.
Investigators were able to determine that the origin of the fire was a 2010 Honda Accord. The discoloration on the doors of the charred shell was a dead giveaway. The fire had started inside this car.
According to a fire investigator, the burn patterns of the car were very obvious. The exterior was dotted and the paint bubbles’ size showed where the fire started. Fire investigators believe that the fire began near the driver’s seat and then spread to the engine. The shattered glass of the driver’s side window was covered in soot. Investigators also found gasoline in the car. Without a doubt, the fire had been intentionally started in this vehicle.
These types of car fires have become increasingly common. The National Fire Protection Association reports that 8 percent of vehicle fires from 2003 to 2007 were cases of arson. In 2012, the Orange County fire authority had 18 intentionally started vehicle fires. Authorities say that intentional vehicle fires are often motivated by financial reasons. Vehicle owners are unable to afford to pay car payments or gas so they burn their own vehicle to collect insurance money.
This type of fraud is not a victimless crime. Fraud increases insurance costs for other customers. If caught, the arsonist could also serve time for felonies and must be registered with the state for life. Investigators say that arson fires increase as the economy declines and price of gasoline increases.
The arsonists believe that they can get away with fraud, but investigators have a 90 percent success rate of proving arson. Each investigator goes through extensive training to determine cause of a fire.
The arsonist in this case has not been found. This fire damaged many cars. Luckily, no one was reported hurt. However, the situation could have easily been different. There may have been lives lost and serious injuries.
If you are a victim of a vehicle fire, there are legal resources available. Such situations can result in expensive car repair bills, expensive medical bills, and loss of income. Those responsible should be held accountable for their actions. A car accident lawyer can help you seek damages for any losses you may have experienced.
The Law Offices of Dara Khajavi are fully equipped to handle any car accident case. Our expert car accident lawyers will help you through this difficult time. They have won countless cases. Please do not hesitate to call today for a free consultation.