While most road users manage to end the day without being involved in a collision, some drivers aren’t so lucky. Road traffic collisions are commonplace in New Jersey, and they can result in severe injuries.
One type of injury that is commonly overlooked is burns. These can vary in their severity and they are caused in numerous ways. Outlined below are some of the more common causes of burn injuries during vehicular collisions.
Burns from airbags
Most modern vehicles are now fitted with airbags, which are designed to absorb some of the impact should a collision occur. Often, they do their job and prevent fatal head injuries. However, they do not come without their own risks. The material of airbags can cause friction burns during a high-speed collision. Additionally, chemicals are utilized in the deployment of these safety features, and if these come into contact with the skin, they can cause irritation and severe chemical burns.
Motor vehicles are generally powered by extremely flammable materials such as petrol and diesel. During a collision, fuel pipes may be damaged, resulting in leaks and spills. The force of a crash between metal cars can create sparks, which then ignite the flammable liquid and engulf the car in flames. Depending on how quickly the fire spreads, and whether or not there is a viable route of escape, the burns caused by these fires can be catastrophic and even fatal.
Burn injuries after a road traffic collision can be traumatic both in terms of a person’s physical health and mental well-being. If you’ve been injured during a crash, make sure you take a closer look at your legal options in terms of pursuing compensation.