In the chaotic aftermath of a car accident, the physical toll on individuals involved can extend far beyond the initial impact. One of the most devastating consequences is the potential for severe burns, a life-altering outcome that often remains underestimated.
Understanding the mechanisms behind these injuries is important for raising awareness about their severity.
Car accidents are fraught with violent forces that can lead to severe burns, with the most common cause being the ignition of fuel. When the fuel tank explodes during a collision, the combustible nature of gasoline transforms the accident scene into a potential firestorm.
In fact, flame burns still make up 41% of all types of burns in the United States. The intense heat generated in mere moments can engulf vehicles and their occupants.
Contact with hot surfaces
Beyond fuel-related incidents, the sheer friction generated during a collision can cause parts of the vehicle to become scalding hot.
Whether it is the engine components or the exhaust system, contact with these heated surfaces can result in severe burns upon impact. The high temperatures generated in the blink of an eye can cause second- and third-degree burns.
Severe burns are often exacerbated by the challenges of escaping a vehicle during or after a collision. Entrapment due to mangled car structures, malfunctioning doors or deployed airbags can slow down an exit. As individuals struggle to free themselves, the risk of sustaining burns increases significantly.
The threat of severe burns adds a layer of complexity to the already devastating consequences of vehicular collisions. Acknowledging the dynamics that lead to these injuries is the first step toward fostering a culture of awareness and prevention.