According to the U.S. Fire Administration, it’s estimated that 171,500 highway fires occur across the United States every year. Highway vehicle fires account for fires in passenger vehicles, freight road transport vehicles, and agricultural or construction vehicles.
Approximately one in eight fires responded to by fire departments is a highway vehicle fire. The majority of those fires, which originated from the engine, running gear, or wheel area, occur in passenger vehicles. As a result, 345 deaths, 1,300 injuries, and $1.1 billion in property loss happens annually.