The news about vehicle fires are becoming common these days and rescue work is often delayed resulting in serious consequences. Moreover, a good majority of vehicle fires occur on highways and often no help is at hand turning the situation almost hopeless.
Here is what a friend from Gurgaon
wrote on her Facebook
page after encountering a car vehicle fire incident: "I was driving back from office, and one of the flyovers, I noticed a jam. Moving further, I saw that there were fumes, and even further a car on fire. There were people around dousing it with whatever water or water bottles they could collect from the ongoing traffic. I pulled out my brand new water bottle and took out my hand. A guy out of nowhere jumped, grabbed the bottle from my hand and ran to rescue. Only one thing I feel sheepish and stupid about was at one moment thinking of asking them to give my bottle back. And then, I was humbled and still I am. My apologies for such a selfish thought. I hope all is well with them."
This is the situation all over the world. Highways have become the hallmarks of public and official apathy both. According to US-based Chandler Law Group (CLG), 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.
"Vehicle fires can be terrifying - and they can change your 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," informs further the CLG.
There is neglect in vehicle maintenance by the owners too. According to CLG, the majority (75%) of highway vehicle fires in US are caused by mechanical failures or other car malfunctions. However, vehicle fires caused by collisions are responsible for almost 60% of vehicle fire deaths.
In India, with the fetish infra-structure development and increased vehicular traffic on roads, there is a need to upgrade the road safety measures and emergency services for road accidents.