Burn injuries are complex and can be very difficult to treat. Burns are among the most painful traumatic injuries, and the treatment for these injuries varies greatly, with recovery dependent on a wide array of factors. While burns are not the most common vehicle accident injury, they do affect many car accident victims each year. About five percent of fires every year occur on a street or highway. The causes of car accident burn injuries are varied, and it’s important to be aware of all the risks if you or someone you love is involved in a crash.
Types of Burn Injuries Related to Vehicle Accidents
There are a variety of ways a person can experience a burn injury in a car, truck, or motorcycle crash, including:
- Fire. Obviously, a car fire would be a cause of burn injuries. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, one of every eight fires responded to by fire departments is a highway vehicle fire.
- Friction. A friction burn occurs when a hard object rubs off skin. This most commonly occurs in motorcycle or bike accidents, when the bike itself or the road drags against the body.
- Heated objects. As children, we are all warned away from a hot stove. This is due to the risk of thermal burns, or burns that occur when the skin touches a hot object. In a car accident, touching any hot metal car part, steam, or a scalding liquid encased in the vehicle can cause a thermal burn.
- Chemical. Some chemicals are toxic to the touch. This would include many solvents and acids that may help power a vehicle.
- Electrical. Electric systems are easily overheated during a car crash. If a person comes into contact with any of these wires, they could receive an electrical burn. Additionally, electrical systems are responsible for about 16 percent of all car fires, which could, in turn, lead to a dry heat burn.
If You’ve Suffered a Burn Injury in an Alaska Vehicle Accident
According to the Cleveland Clinic, the pain from burns can be among the most intense and enduring pain. It is difficult to manage due to the many factors that affect the treatment plan—the degree of the burn, the existence of other injuries, dependence on pain management care, the necessity of routine and appropriate wound care, and more. Burns can leave accident victims to manage intense physical pain, disfiguring scarring, and emotional trauma.
If you or someone you love has suffered a burn injury in a vehicle accident, it’s important that the necessary care is provided. In Alaska, if you have suffered your injuries due to the negligence of another driver, it is possible to hold the at-fault driver responsible through compensation for medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, and more.
From his Anchorage office, attorney Ben Crittenden has helped many accident victims understand their rights and obtain the compensation they deserve. Victims should not have to bear the financial burden of the accident; they should be able to focus on recovering as fully and quickly as possible. Even if you aren’t sure if you have a claim, contact Ben to learn more about what he does and how he may be able to help. Burn injuries can affect a victim and his family for years to come. Take action today to protect yourself and those you love. Call his Anchorage office or take a moment to fill out the contact form on this page to get in touch directly with Ben.