Burns From Truck Accidents

Charleston Burns From Truck Accidents Lawyer

Many people overlook the potential costs of burn injuries in truck accidents due to the relatively remote likelihood of vehicles catching fire. According to statistics collected by the Charleston Fire Marshall, fire departments in America are called to an average of 287,000 vehicle fires every year, which amounts to almost 17 percent of all reported fires.

That adds up to more than 5,200 fires caused by single-vehicle accidents, as well as accidents with trucks, cars and other vehicles. Fortunately, accidents resulting in fire only occur in less than one percent of all accidents. Yet, burns from a truck accident or other vehicular accident generally are very costly. Burns from a truck accident could be particularly bad if the truck is carrying flammable cargo, such as gasoline or fuel oil.

Burns caused by vehicular accidents often are severe and accompanied by other injuries, which greatly complicates medical care. A long-standing study on burns from truck accidents and other vehicular accidents indicates most people suffer burns on at least a third of their bodies. About 36 percent of victims with burns also suffered other injuries, with injuries to the musculoskeletal system occurring most often.

Those suffering from multiple trauma injuries, in addition to burns, had roughly the same survival rates. Only severe burns greatly increased mortality rates, as bone fractures greatly complicate the treatment of burns. Unless stabilized via surgery, broken bones make it much more difficult to care for burn wounds.

Caring for burns is one of the most expensive types of medical care provided due to typically long hospital stays and multiple surgeries. Infection is a constant concern, and expensive monitoring equipment greatly increases costs. Direct costs include hospital rooms, medical staff, prescription drugs and dressing wounds. Indirect costs include lost income and decreased lifespans for most victims.

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