Browse Publications Technical Papers 2008-01-0257
2008-04-14

Vehicle Fire Deaths Resulting from Fires Not Caused by Collisions or Overturns: How Do They Differ from Collision Fire Deaths? 2008-01-0257

The majority of all highway-type vehicle (cars, trucks, vans, buses, camping trailers, etc.) fire deaths result from fires caused by collisions or overturns. However, more than one third of these deaths resulted from fires that did not follow a collision or overturn. Compared to vehicle fire deaths from collisions or overturns, vehicle fire deaths resulting from non-collision, non-overturn fires are less likely to occur on highways or road properties, more likely to originate in the passenger area and more likely to have victims who are under 5 years of age or 65 or older.

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