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Can you suffer from burns in a car crash?

On Behalf of | Jan 18, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Getting into a car crash can result in numerous different injuries. Burn injuries are not the most common, but they can and do still happen.

What sort of burn injuries can a driver potentially suffer from due to a crash?

Potential causes of fires

Healthline takes a look at burns that you may suffer from in a crash. First, note how burn injuries can happen. Generally speaking, fuel is the most flammable thing in a car. Unfortunately, there is a non-zero chance that it might leak during a crash. Then, all that it needs is a spark or a burst of heat in order to catch on fire.

When victims have to deal with car fires, the biggest concern is getting away from the car safely. First of all, it is possible for the car to explode or for a large burst of flames to happen due to the concentrate of fuel in the area.

But the biggest risk is the potential for a victim to end up stuck inside of the vehicle as it burns. Needless to say, anyone in this situation is in dire need of immediate rescue, or they could face smoke inhalation damage, burn injuries or even death.

Burn severity risks

As for the burns, it is possible to suffer from first, second or third degree burns in a car fire. First degree are the least severe and usually happen if someone touches hot metal without allowing their body part to linger against it. Third degree burns are the most severe and often happen when victims end up trapped in their car.