How common are vehicle fires? What impact do thermal burn injuries have on car accident survivors? The number of vehicle fires in the US has dropped significantly over the years. However, that doesn't mean they have been eliminated. Contact with hot fluids sprayed from within the radiator and engine, as well as exposure to burning fuel, insulation, and other elements can all cause an accident injury. The most common causes of unintentional vehicle fires are mechanical failures, electrical failure, and collisions. These fires can lead to burn injuries which can cause permanent damage and visible scarring to those involved in both single vehicle and multi-vehicle accidents.
According to the US Fire Administration, there were 204,500 vehicle fires in 2015. Of these, 20.9% were caused by equipment failure. In all, vehicle fires accounted for 14.5% of all fires in the US. Data from the National Fire Protection Association shows that of the fires that occurred in 2015, 174,000 occurred on highways and contributed to 445 fatalities and 1,550 injuries. While the overall number of vehicle fires has declined significantly since 2007, the total number of people injured or killed has remained steady.
Vehicle fires are a growing concern and both legislators and independent watchdogs are asking the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to investigate the causes. According to the Center for Auto Safety, there were 120 complaints within the NHTSA database of fires that occurred spontaneously and without a collision within vehicles manufactured by KIA and Hyundai. There were an additional 229 complaints of melted wiring and smoking coming from within the engine compartment.
Vehicle fires commonly cause three types of burn injuries. Thermal burns are caused by exposure to open flame, steam, or hot liquid. Chemical burns are caused by exposure to acids or caustic fluids, and electrical burns can occur when contact is made with "live" wires, spark plugs, batteries, etc. These injuries can cause severe tissue damage which can lead to loss of limb, organ damage, and permanent outward scarring. These injuries can not only significantly impact an individual's quality of life and lead to a shortened lifespan, these types of accident injuries can require extensive medical care, physical therapy, and plastic surgery to correct.
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