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How do burns happen during a car accident?

On Behalf of | Jan 18, 2024 | Blog, Motor Vehicle Accidents |

When two vehicles collide, the impact typically generates intense forces that rupture fuel tanks or other parts of a car. As a result, fires can break out.

Understanding how burns happen during a car accident is important for promoting awareness and safety on the roads.

Quick spillage of flammable substances

Car accidents may lead to the sudden spillage of flammable substances such as gasoline. When these substances come into contact with a hot surface or a spark, they can ignite, resulting in quickly forming fires that individuals do not have time to run away from.

Poor protective measures and lack of first aid

In the unfortunate event of a car accident, the lack of effective first aid can seriously harm those facing burns. This includes people riding in electric cars, which have lithium-ion batteries that burn faster than other cars. Any delay in removing the individual from the immediate danger and cooling the burn with water increases the impact of the injury.

Contact with hot surfaces

In the aftermath of a collision, parts of the car can become extremely hot due to friction or contact with the engine. These hot surfaces can cause severe burns upon contact with the skin, exacerbating the injuries sustained during the accident. Additionally, if a protective measure like a seat belt does not work, occupants may fall against hot surfaces upon impact.

Burns in car accidents can result from various factors that a person may not realize could hurt them at first. Drivers should realize the ways car accidents happen and the associated risks of burns.