Can I Receive Compensation for Burn Injuries in a Car Accident?
If you are involved in a car accident, you may suffer a variety of serious injuries. Cuts, bruises, whiplash, traumatic brain injuries, or broken bones can cause you a great deal of pain and suffering, and they can have a long-term impact on your health and well-being. Burn injuries can also occur in an automobile crash, and in these cases, a skilled attorney can help you determine who was responsible for these injuries and work to recover compensation from all liable parties.
Causes of Car Accident Fires
According to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS), more than 170,000 highway vehicle fires occur each year in the United States. Furthermore, the NFIRS has reported that:
- 38% of highway vehicle fires occurred because of careless or unintentional actions by a driver or another party.
- 62% of documented fires originated in the engine, gears, or wheels of a vehicle.
- 45% of vehicle fires were the result of a mechanical failure.
- 60% of fatal vehicle fires resulted from a car accident.
When burn injuries are suffered in a motor vehicle accident, it is important to understand how and why the fire occurred. In many cases, victims may believe that the motorist who caused the car accident is to blame, but additional parties may also be at fault. For example, the company that manufactured defective parts in a car or a mechanic that did not perform proper maintenance may be partially responsible for the fire. If you suffer a burn injury in a car accident, you should be sure to:
- Obtain as much information as possible about the circumstances surrounding the accident and the condition of the vehicles involved.
- Exchange contact and insurance information with other drivers and any witnesses to the collision.
- File a police report.
- Receive medical treatment, documenting the extent of the injuries suffered and the short-term and long-term health impact of the collision.
- Immediately contact a personal injury lawyer.
Contact an Appleton, WI Car Accident Attorney
Burn injuries suffered in a car accident can cause a great deal of pain and suffering, and they may result in costly medical bills, lost income, and other types of damages. At Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd., we can help you determine your options for recovering compensation for an automobile accident burn injury. Contact our experienced Green Bay burn injury lawyers as soon as possible. For a free initial consultation, call our office at 920-739-7366.