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How often does a car collision result in burn injuries?

Arizona residents may find it interesting to learn that, according to a U.S. Fire Administration division's Topical Fire Report published last year in 2013, an estimated 194,000 vehicle fires occurred annually on U.S. highways between years 2008-2010. Furthermore, the report noted that those fires on an average per year resulted in about 300 fatalities and about 1,250 injuries.

All kinds of vehicles on the highway were involved in fires such as passenger cars, RV's, motorcycles, 18-wheelers, dump trucks and more. In fact, one in seven fires that a fire department responded to was a highway vehicle fire - this was in addition to the tens of thousands of vehicle accidents to which the fire department responds. USFA report also notes that about 86 percent of the highway vehicle fires happened to passenger vehicles.

One of the leading contributors of the passenger vehicle fires was mechanical failure and accounted for about 44 percent of all fires. Other common causes of vehicle fires were insulation around electrical wiring and flammable liquids in the engine. Nearly 57 percent of the fatal vehicle fires were the direct result of a vehicle or car collision. The report defined a fire fatality as one where the individual was not only trapped but was also killed by the fire.

Clearly, highway vehicle fires routinely happen resulting not only in serious burn injuries but also death. The cause of a vehicle fire varies but vehicle collision was a contributing factor. Burn injuries resulting to a driver and passenger during a vehicle fire can be devastating to all those involved. Depending on the nature of the burn sustained, the medical expenses can increase and in many cases may require skin grafting and many painful surgeries to repair damaged tissue. Anyone who has been injured in a vehicle fire due to a car collision may want to consider consulting with a personal injury law firm familiar with burn injury cases for more information.

Source: U.S. Fire Administration, Statistical reports on the U.S. fire problem, "Highway Vehicle Fires (2008-2010)," Accessed Nov. 3, 2014

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