Vehicular Fires Can Lead to Burn Injuries
Car fires during a collision can be traumatic events. Fire can appear unexpectedly and individuals can suffer burn injuries before they even understand what is happening. Burns can be sustained due to electrical wiring issues, flammable fluids or mechanical issues. The emotional and financial toll of burns can make it difficult for families to heal.
In 2018, there were more than 210,000 vehicle fires around the country according to a fire administration study. There were injuries and fatalities connected to these events. If you were burned in a Florida car accident, talk to a Sarasota car accident lawyer. There could be a path to compensation.
Causes of Car Accident Fires
Sometimes car fires are connected to the behavior of a driver, such as an individual leaving a lit cigarette near a flammable material. In other situations, the cause of a vehicular fire may be connected to a faulty auto part. Here are a handful of examples of what can cause car accident fires:
- Fuel tank damage in a collision
- A defect in a fuel tank resulting in explosions or leaks
- Heated seats or another feature that malfunctions in the vehicle
- Scalding from hot liquids
- Auto fluids that leak and cause chemical burns
- Fallen power lines
- Smoking or flammable items within a car or truck
Ultimately, there are a wide range of possibilities that can cause burn injuries in a car crash, either because a hot substance makes contact with a person’s skin or a substance ignites, prompting injuries from the flames.
Hospital Burn Centers and Treatment Plans
A treatment plan for a burn victim will depend on the severity of the injury. If a burn is serious, it is possible the person will be cared for in a hospital burn center. An area of the hospital specifically designed to treat severe burn injuries, burn centers are staffed by doctors, nurses, and patient care specialists.
Burns can be incredibly painful and ongoing medical care can be expensive. There are times when multiple surgeries, medications, skin grafts, and physical therapy is needed. Critical burns can lead to life-long health issues. When burns are minor, they can possibly heal within weeks. Have your injury assessed by a healthcare professional in the aftermath of a collision as soon as possible.
After a vehicular fire, a lawyer can help you negotiate with insurance adjusters to secure you the most favorable compensation available. These cases can be complex and burns might not be the only injury sustained. Determining fault will depend on the situation and if the fire was due to the impact of the collision or a maintenance failure in one or more of the vehicles involved in the accident.
Tell the Insurance Companies, You’re Going to Hale
Are you healing from a burn injury after a Florida car fire? Talk to the experienced Sarasota attorneys at Hale Law. Some car collisions involving pedestrians lead to complex insurance negotiations. Our experienced attorneys will work to secure the maximum compensation amount for you. Hale Law attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, so there are no fees or costs if we are unable to recover compensation. For a free consultation, call at 941-735-4529.