Each year millions of accident victims suffer from auto burns in the United States. According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), auto burns occur more often during highway travel than on the regular streets or roads. Unlike the majority of motor vehicle collision related injuries, auto burns often have long-term effects on accident victims, often leaving permanent scars on the body. Automobile fires happen to be one of the leading causes of burns annually in the United States, occurring far more often than many motorists believe.
While the auto industry works hard to develop new mechanisms to reduce the likelihood of auto accident fires, there are a number of unavoidable hazards present in the structure of all vehicles. From passenger vehicles to off-road vehicles and from trains to motor homes, the potential of a fire following a serious collision presents a severe risk to all drivers.
Lewis & Keller believes that when the negligence of another driver causes injuries in the event of a motor vehicle collision, these at-fault parties must be held accountable for the damages in which they cause. In our many years of experience, our auto burns lawyers have seen countless examples of car crashes resulting in fires of some sort. With this experience, we are able to build a case the gives our clients the maximum compensation possible. If you or a loved one has suffered from burns following an auto accident, Lewis & Keller is prepared to take on your case.
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Causes of Vehicle Fires
From vehicle error to driver error, as well as outside extenuating circumstances, there are a number of ways in which a vehicle fire may begin. Since automobile fires lead the pack in terms of causes of burn injuries, all North Carolina motorists must be aware of the most common causes of vehicle fires in order to avoid them from beginning. A number of situational factors may influence the likelihood of a fire. For instance, when two motor vehicles collide with one another, the fuel tanks may burst and progress into a fuel-fed fire. These types of fires can become incredibly dangerous for the cars involved in the collision, as well as any surrounding vehicles.
In addition, fuel tanks may leak or explode, creating a situation where cars can evolve into hazardous projectiles, even trapping passengers inside of the vehicles at times. More often than not, fuel tank explosions are disastrous and fatal. A few other causes of vehicle fires include faulty wiring, exhaust leaking fluid, short circuit arcs form, trash or waste ignites, flammable liquid spills, cigarette lighter accidents, electrical malfunction, or eruptions of tanker trucks transporting hazards materials.
Regardless of what causes the vehicle fire, accident victims suffering from auto burns must seek medical attention immediately. Auto burns often leave permanent scars, especially if not treated as soon as possible following the crash. Also, due to the potential explosion of the many flammable materials present in cars (gas, oil, grease, etc.), those involved in a vehicle fire must remove themselves from the immediate area as soon as possible.
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Burn Injury Statistics
The United States reports 2.4 million burn injuries annually, indicating a serious problem across the country. Of these 2.4 million burns, 20,000 occur covering more than 25 percent of the body. Unfortunately, auto burns tend to be severe and the damage associated with them is often permanent. According to the American Burn Association, about 450,000 burn injury victims require some form of medical treatment each year.
In fact, 7 percent of all burn injuries occurring across the nation are due to a street and/or highway accident. Motor vehicle collisions involving auto burns are often some of the more severe crashes involving colliding vehicles at high speeds. Upwards of 40 percent of all burn injury victims are permanently disabled or disfigured following the crash. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident leading to auto burns, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.
Contact Our North Carolina Auto Burns Lawyers Today
Lewis & Keller takes pride in our role in the North Carolina community. We strive to educate drivers about the dangers involved in motor vehicle accidents and the related injuries that may occur. When the negligent actions of other motorists cause injuries to you and your loved ones, these at-fault parties must pay. Our personal injury lawyers make it our priority to provide legal representation to accident victims throughout the state of North Carolina. If you or a family member has suffered from auto burns, contact our Winston-Salem or Greensboro offices to learn more about your legal options.
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