Burn Injuries Caused by Car FiresApril 26, 2019
When the impact of a car accident causes a vehicle to catch on fire, it can cause extensive damage to the vehicle. More importantly, if the occupants of the vehicle are unable to break free from the vehicle before it catches on fire, they can suffer serious and excruciating burn injuries. Depending on the nature of the burn, these injuries can be quite severe, and sometimes fatal.
In the 1970’s, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) developed standards that prevented too much fuel from spilling from a vehicle’s fuel system in the event of a crash. They also adopted standards for burn-resistance requirements of the materials that are used in passenger cars, multipurpose passenger vehicles, trucks, and buses weighing less than 10,000 pounds. The NHTSA upgraded the rear-impact safety standards for fire safety in 2003.
Types of Burns
In addition to burns caused by exposure to flames, when a car catches on fire, the victims may also be exposed to extremely hot metal, hot water, or steam that can escape from a radiator that has been damaged from the impact. If a vehicle is carrying toxic substances, victims may also suffer chemical burns. The following are three classifications of burns:
- First-degree burns: Only the outer layer of the skin, known as the epidermis, is affected. The victim’s skin may be red and painful but is unlikely to blister.
- Second-degree burns: These burns also involve the dermis or the layer of skin under the epidermis. The burn site is often red, blistered, and painful.
- Third-degree burns: These severe burns damage the epidermis and the dermis, and can also cause damage to bones, muscles, and tendons. They often require multiple surgeries and can be fatal if infections or other complications occur.
Victims who suffered a serious burn injury in a car accident should be examined by a medical professional as soon as possible. If it is determined that there was a system failure, which caused the car to catch on fire, the victim will likely be eligible for compensation. A skilled car accident lawyer can recommend the best legal course of action and ensure that the victim’s rights are always protected.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Seek Compensation for Car Accident Victims Suffering Burn Injuries
If you or someone you know was in a car accident and suffered a serious burn injury, you are urged to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. Burn injuries can be extremely painful and debilitating. We will determine who is responsible for your injuries and seek the maximum financial compensation you deserve. Our dedicated and compassionate team will not stop fighting for you until justice has been served. To set up a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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