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How Truck Accidents can Lead to Serious Burns

by wpengine | November 15th, 2016

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicated that around 95,000 people in the U.S. sustained injuries in accidents involving large commercial trucks in a single year. The injuries suffered in truck accidents can vary widely, with victims experiencing everything from minor cuts to paralyzing spinal cord injuries. One type of serious injury that can result from a commercial truck accident is a catastrophic burn injury. Burns are severe injuries that can often result in many complications and can require extensive medical treatment and it is important for any burned accident victims to discuss their rights with an experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer as soon as possible.

The following are only some of the ways a truck accident can result in serious burn injuries:

Fires – In many different crashes, one or more vehicles may catch fire. These fires can engulf the passenger compartment of a vehicle, causing serious injuries to anyone inside. Smoke inhalation can also be a problem if a vehicle catches on fire.

Explosions – Sometimes, when a fire starts after a crash, the fire can make its way to the fuel tank and can ignite an explosion. Because large commercial trucks have very large stores of fuel, the explosions resulting from truck accidents can be tragic.

Toxic chemicals – There is a certain class of trucks that are allowed to transport chemicals that may be toxic. These are called hazardous material (HAZMAT) trucks and require a special type of commercial driver’s license to operate. If a HAZMAT truck carrying toxic chemicals spills in a crash, the chemicals could come into contact with victims and can cause severe chemical burns.

No matter what type of burn you sustained, it is essential to seek proper medical care as soon as possible. Burns can lead to infections, hypothermia, shock, and other complications, so immediate medical attention is important.

Consult with a Skilled Michigan Truck Accident Lawyer As Soon As Possible

Cases involving truck accidents and burn injuries can be complex, as can any type of motor vehicle accident injury claim. You need an experienced car accident attorney on your side to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. If you or a family member has suffered serious injuries in a crash, please call Michigan Injury Lawyers at 313-GET-HELP for a free consultation today.

1 https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812150
2 https://medlineplus.gov/burns.html

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