Early last month in New Jersey, a truck accident happened involving two cars, which forced the closure of two lanes in both directions on a popular highway. The truck caught fire after the crash, spilling debris and more, which led to delays throughout the day. On another day, a minivan ran over debris that was left behind from the accident and became involved in yet another related incident. Luckily, only minor injuries occurred in all cases.
In another accident happening late September last month, a tractor trailer slammed into an SUV on a NJ highway and ejected a 5-year-old girl, killing her and causing a catastrophic fire. When one truck stopped to offer assistance, a second truck came flying along carrying a load of batteries and the three vehicles were quickly engulfed in flames. The SUV driver and second truck driver only suffered minor injuries.
Fires in Truck Accidents
Because fires are a staple in so many truck accidents, this is a reality that many drivers need to be aware of since the rate of truck accidents has been growing. Fires are a centerpiece in many accidents, causing thermal burn injuries (burns resulting from external heat sources) and deep tissue damage. Because of this, many victims find themselves in a situation where they are unable to work and have to pay for very expensive treatment over a course of months or years.
There are several types of burns that you may have sustained in these unique, terrible accidents. You could receive first-degree burns, which affects only the outer layer of the skin and can lead to a red, painful skin area. You could receive second-degree burns, which affect the top and part of the underlying layer and can lead to blistered, swollen and painful skin. Or, you could receive third-degree burns, the worst of the three. These completely destroy both layers and can even damage the underlying bones, muscles, and tendons. New skin will not grow and they can even heal slowly and poorly for a victim.
If you have sustained a burn injury in your trucking accident, you may be feeling at a loss in your case. You probably require long-term care due to your injury and may even have to go through painful operations based on the severity of the incident. You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost income, care, and more. Call us to find out how we can help in your truck accident case.