Food Truck Catches Fire


According to an article on, San Angelo Fire Fighters responded to a vehicle fire call at 4:00 p.m. Monday.  The call was on Smith Boulevard on the east side of Paul Ann Baptist Church. According to Ross Coleman with the San Angelo Fire Marshall’s office, Senor Changs El Chino Latino food truck was on fire.  Firefighters used water to douse the blaze. Luckily, no one was injured in this incident.  Coleman says they may have had an electrical issue or an issue related to grease vapors. The Fire Marshall’s office continues to investigate the fire to see what may have caused the problem.

Food trucks are trendy especially in larger cities where there are a lot of parks and places where large groups of people congregate. They are also popular in downtown areas where people can grab a quick bite to eat on their very short lunch breaks. They are popular because they are fast, inexpensive, and by most accounts, have delicious food.

Traveling food trucks, however, are not always stationary, and that is part of the secret to their success. They are a mobile kitchen. They travel to customers instead of trying to entice customers to come to them. Unfortunately, they are at risk for being involved in a car accident. The food truck in the above story caught fire when it was parked, but what if it caught fire while driving down the road? The results could have been much more catastrophic.

Work Injuries

Another thought about this article is that the people who were working in that truck could have been injured in the fire. The injury would then be considered work-related, and this could lead to other complications. When you are hurt, and you can’t work, your finances may suffer, and you may not be able to uphold your financial obligations. This problem is one thing that all catastrophic injuries have in common with each other, no matter what caused them.


Auto Accident Statistics

According to the  Texas Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Facts 2015:


  • Primarily based on reportable crashes in 2015, one person was killed every 2 hours, 29 minutes. Additionally, one person was injured every 2 minutes 8 seconds, and one reportable crash occurred every 61 seconds.
  • There were 581 people killed in head-on crashes in 2015.
  • Of all persons killed in vehicles where restraint usage was applicable, and usage was known in 2015, 40.3% were reported as not restrained when the fatal crash occurred.
  • 246,335 people were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2015.
  • The fatality rate on Texas roadways for 2015 was 1.43% deaths per hundred million vehicle miles traveled. This is a 2.05% decrease from 2014.
  • Also, Texas experienced a decrease in the number f motor vehicle traffic fatalities. The 2015 death toll of 3,531 was a decrease of 0.14% from the 3,536 deaths recorded in 2014.
  • There were 13,616 serious injury crashes in Texas in 2015 that resulted in over 17,000 people sustaining a serious injury.
  • Fatal crashes in rural areas of the state accounted for 54.52% of the state’s traffic fatalities. There were 1,925 deaths in rural traffic crashes.
  • Ultimately, single vehicle, run-off the road crashes resulted in 1,255 deaths in 2015. This was 35.54% of all motor vehicle traffic deaths in 2015.

San Antonio Car Accident Lawyers

Car accidents can occur anytime with any vehicle. No vehicle is excluded from risk. Some vehicles cause a lot more damage when in an accident than others but all crashes can be potentially fatal. Fortunately, this food truck was not driving down the road when it caught fire, but if it had been, it is entirely possible other vehicles could have been involved. If you have been involved in a car accident and are seeking legal advice, contact our law office for an evaluation to see if we can help.