Burn Injuries and Car Accidents
Fire is relatively rare in car accidents, but when it does occur, the resulting burn injuries are often severe if not deadly. In 2010, fires occurred in only 0.1 percent of vehicles involved in traffic crashes in the U.S., according to the national Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). However, the fire was involved in 2.8 percent of fatal crashes.
Thermal burn injuries – burns resulting from external heat sources such as fire, hot metal, steam or scalding liquids – can cause deep tissue damage. Recovery may mean years of expensive treatment. Severe burns can prevent a victim from ever working for a living again.