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What's the Risk of a Burn Injury in an Automobile Accident?

What's the Risk of a Burn Injury in an Automobile Accident?

What is the risk of suffering a burn injury in an automobile accident? Is there anything drivers can do to protect themselves and their passengers? In 2018, there were 181,500 vehicle fires reported in the United States. This was an 8% increase over 2017. The increased number of fires indicates an increased risk of burn injury for motorists and passengers. Nationwide, it is estimated that there is a vehicle fire once every three minutes. In all, 1,300 people representing 9% of all fire injuries in 2018 suffered their injuries in a motor vehicle accident. For drivers who want to avoid a burn injury, simple steps go a long way toward keeping them safe.

Sources of Fuel for Car Fires

Contrary to what many thinks, gasoline, diesel fuel, and engine oil are not the only potential fluids that can ignite an automobile fire. Other fuel sources include transmission and brake fluids, as well as power steering fluid and engine coolant. If damage occurs to these pressurized lines in a collision, it can cause hot fluid to spew from the damaged line onto hot engine components, thus igniting a fire. Car batteries are another common source of fires. If hydrogen gas builds up within the cells, this can ignite and explode. This is a problem in all vehicles, but it is an even greater danger in hybrid electric cars.

Further, many interior elements are fire-resistant, however, they are not fireproof. As such, plastic dashes, decorative trim, seats, and other components provide little to no protection against the spread of fire throughout the passenger cabin of the vehicle. When a fire erupts, it can cause serious burn injuries in seconds, which is why it is critical to exit the vehicle and remove all passengers immediately following any motor vehicle collision.

Preventing Burn Injuries in a Kanas Car Accident

Proper maintenance can help ensure that fuel lines, storage tanks and reservoirs, electrical, and battery components are in good condition. The better the condition, the less likely they are to cause a fire and subsequent burn injury. Drivers should also avoid transporting fuel and other flammable materials within the passenger cabin. When transporting flammable fluids is unavoidable, always make sure these are secured within an appropriate container in the trunk. Always remove these upon arrival at the intended destination. Finally, drivers should have at least one Class B fire extinquisher and a fire blanket in their vehicle. At a minimum, the fire extinguisher should be inspected for damage every year and recharged every six years.

Contact Brad Pistotnik Law at 1-800-241-BRAD or call us on our local line at 316-684-4400. Our firm represents clients who suffer a burn injury in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, or Texas. Our team will give you the answers you need to receive the compensation that will help you pursue the treatments you require and achieve the recovery you deserve. You can call Brad Pistotnik on his cell at 316-706-5020. You can reach Tony Atterbury on his cell at 316-617-9237.