Burn Injuries Caused by Car Accidents
Although burn injuries are not as common as other types of injuries in automobile accidents, when such an injury occurs it is generally very severe or leads to the death of the individual. Fire, escaping steam, scalding liquids, and hot metal surfaces can cause serious injuries that may require years of extensive medical treatment, including skin grafting and other difficult and painful treatments.
At Avrek Law Firm, we understand how difficult it can be to recover from this type of injury, and the long-term impact it will have upon your health, as well as the challenges faced by those who suffer disfigurement due to scar tissue. If you are suffering from burn injuries received in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for the losses you have suffered. Our experienced car accident lawyers fight tirelessly to help our clients injured in motor vehicle accidents, and we know what it takes to get positive results.
Federal Regulations Protecting Motorists from Burn Injuries
Federal motor vehicle safety standards are in place to help protect motor vehicle occupants from burns in case of an accident. As summarized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), federal standards regarding motor vehicle construction regulate the following:
- Fuel System Integrity: To reduce the number of injuries and deaths from fires resulting from fuel spillage during and after car crashes.
- Flammability of Materials in the Interior of the Vehicle: Burn-resistant materials are required in the interiors of motor vehicles to reduce the risk of death and injury from fires.
- Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Vehicle Fuel System Integrity and Container Integrity: These standards have the purpose of reducing the risk of burn injuries caused by fuel leakage in traffic collisions for CNG-powered vehicles. According to CNG Now, compressed natural gas vehicles are on the rise, with Honda, Chevrolet, and Ford already marketing passenger vehicles with this type of fuel system.
- Electrolyte Spillage and Electric Shock Protection in Electric Powered Vehicles: This standard requires the limitation of electrolyte spillage, retention of propulsion batteries, and electrical isolation of the chassis from the high voltage system to prevent electrical shock, burns, and other injuries during a crash.
If a vehicle manufacturing failure or flawed vehicle design is what is discovered to have contributed to your burn injuries, you may be entitled to compensation no matter who caused the traffic collision. Our seasoned accident attorneys have more than 30 years combined experience. We will investigate your accident to determine who was at fault and aggressively pursue compensation for your injuries.
Types of Auto Accident Burn Injuries
According to the National Library of Medicine, burns are damage to the tissues of the body from heat, chemicals, electricity, sunlight, or radiation. They can cause blistering, swelling, scarring, and in more serious cases, shock and death.
There are 3 basic classifications of burns:
- First-degree burns, which damage only the outer skin layer
- Second-degree burns, which damage both the outer layer of skin and the layer underneath
- Third-degree burns, which destroy or damage the deepest layer of skin and underlying tissue
If you have suffered serious burn injuries in a motor vehicle accident, you need a knowledgeable and dedicated automobile accident lawyer by your side to help you seek to recover the compensation you deserve and need. Our firm will provide an initial case review free of charge, with no obligation to you. Call us or contact us using our online form to arrange for your consultation.
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: DOT Summary Descriptions of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards
- CNG Now: Vehicles
- National Library of Medicine: National Institutes of Health: MedicinePlus: Burns