Without a doubt, car accidents can lead to serious and sometimes catastrophic injuries, including severe burns, disfigurement and death. If you were involved in an accident and suffered burn related injuries as a result, you need to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Even if you believe that your burns are not serious, going without treatment can cause chronic pain and other long term medical conditions. Moreover, waiting to have a medical professional evaluate and treat your burns may affect your ability to obtain the money you deserve to sufficiently compensate you for all of your injuries. As an experienced Oklahoma car accident attorney, I know first-hand that burn related injuries are serious and should never go untreated.
In general, fires that ignite during car accidents are much more common that you think. According to nationwide accident statistics, the primary causes of burn-related accidents are (i) engines that overheat, (ii) fuel tanks that leak, and (iii) poorly maintained tires. Moreover, defective and poorly designed vehicles also contribute to the number of reported burns and related fatalities in the U.S. For example, numerous car fires are started because of improper electrical wiring and defective/poorly designed fuel tanks that leave cars vulnerable to explosion.
Overall, vehicle fires typically start when a large amount of friction is generated, which usually happens when a car collides with another automobile or object. Such friction creates an enormous amount of heat, which then can ignite fires in the more susceptible parts of an automobile listed above. During the summer, burn related injuries are more likely to occur than in other seasons due to the massive amount of heat that acts as a catalyst for flames to erupt.
Handling the legalities associated with representing burn victims can be both challenging and complex. Accordingly, it is important to consult with an attorney who has the requisite skills and experience to handle these difficult types of cases. Proving causation in burn related car accident cases takes a significant amount of skill and effort, since opposing counsel and insurance companies alike will do whatever it takes to deny responsibility for causing for the fire. Since car fires happen for many different reasons, it is often an uphill battle trying to establish where and how the fire exactly started. Only an experienced Oklahoma auto accident attorney will evaluate the facts of your case and consult with the experts necessary to help prove causation for your burn related injuries.
If you or someone you know has been hurt in an accident, call us now at 405-295-1924 to schedule a confidential case evaluation. We look forward to providing you with superior legal representation.