A fiery car crash can leave you with some of the most severe injuries you will ever sustain. Not only can they produce excruciating pain, they also take a long time to heal. Even when they finally do, they likely will leave disfiguring scarring that you may carry with you for the rest of your life.
Per the American Burn Organization, the main problem with fiery car crashes is that your vehicle has comparatively little interior space. Consequently, you likely will sustain all of the following types of burns:
- Thermal burns that result when your body contacts the fire’s flames or one of your vehicle’s hot interior surfaces
- Scald burns that result when your body contacts an exceptionally hot liquid such as gasoline or even your spilled coffee
- Chemical burns that result when your body contacts a caustic substance such as antifreeze, transmission fluid, etc.
- Electrical burns that result when your body contacts a live electrical wire inside your vehicle or a downed power line
Health care professionals rank the seriousness of burns according to the following scale:
- First-degree burns, the least serious, generally resulting from a sunburn
- Second-degree burns, those that go no deeper than your skin layers, usually resulting from a more extensive sunburn
- Third-degree burns, those that invade your skin’s underlying tissues
- Fourth-degree burns, those that invade even your bones
Unfortunately, you likely will sustain third- and fourth-degree burns in a fiery car crash. Both represent medical emergencies since they can threaten your life. You will require immediate medical intervention to not only save your life, but also to minimize the damage to your body as much as possible.