Motor vehicle collisions here in Los Angeles can involve a variety of injuries. People often talk about traumatic brain injuries caused by whiplash or an impact on the head. Other common injuries include neck and back injuries, broken bones, and internal bleeding.
While it is less common than the injuries listed above, severe burns can involve some of the most challenging recoveries if they are lucky enough to live. Typical reasons why burns are so difficult include a lengthy recovery process. It is common for bacterial infections or other complications to develop in other parts of the body during that time. Burns can also involve loss of fluid, dangerously low body temperatures, breathing problems, bone, tendon and joint problems, and scars.
What causes the flames?
Tesla and other EVs have infamously had problems with malfunctioning vehicles or vehicles involved in crashes bursting into flames. These fires are tough to extinguish because the batteries continue to burn, seemingly impervious to firefighters’ efforts. Nevertheless, good old-fashioned internal combustion-powered cars are a greater risk for fire – Tesla cars average a fire every 205 million miles traveled, while gas-powered cars average a fire every 19 million miles driven. The reasons for this include:
- Fuel system leaks
- Malfunctioning electrical systems
- Spilled fluids
- Engine overheating
- Design flaws
Automotive design considers the risk of fire, but little can be done if sparks ignite the fuel, electrical or other parts of the vehicle – high heat and flammable substances are a perfect recipe for fire.
Not everyone is lucky
Drivers will often smell smoke or get removed from a vehicle after a crash, but unfortunately, not everyone is so lucky. Some get trapped in the wreckage with often tragic consequences. Whether the cause is equipment malfunction, improper maintenance or negligent drivers in other vehicles, victims and their families can hold one or more negligent parties responsible for the injuries and damage they caused.