Real life car crashes are rarely like the movies. Occupants of a high-speed rollover do not simply squeeze out of the window moments after the car comes to a rest and continue fleeing from the “bad guys” on foot. Vehicles that tumble off of ramps, 100 feet through the air, would likely crumple on impact with the ground, and the driver would likely be killed. Car crashes are dramatized and even glorified in movies, but at the same time, they’re often cheapened. Traffic collisions take the lives of roughly 50,000 Americans each year, and injure millions more. There is nothing exciting or fun about a car crash. Another dramatization of a typical collision is the explosion often accompanying a collision in action movies. While most crashes do not involve an explosion or fire of any kind, both can occur in rare instances. Burn wounds, coupled with broken bones and soft tissue damage from the initial impact, can cause life-threatening injuries. If you were burned badly in a traffic collision, you are likely entitled to significant financial compensation. You should not have to suffer on behalf of the negligence of another driver on the road.
Jonesboro Truck Driver Killed in Fiery Crash
A truck driver recently died in a fiery Jonesboro crash on an I-555 overpass, according to Arkansas Online. The tractor-trailer swerved off the road and crashed into a bridge pillar while traveling north on I-555, quickly sparking flames. Witnesses reported three large explosions. A billowing column of black smoke rose from the scene and could be spotted from miles away, despite the fact that the truck was not carrying any hazardous or particularly flammable materials. Although there were fortunately no other victims, the driver tragically lost his life. The bridge’s integrity has been compromised due to the collision and significant road repairs are in order. Currently, the cause of the collision is unknown.
Burn Injuries Can Be Significant
There are four categories of burns: first, second, third, and fourth degree. According to Healthline, first-degree burns usually only harm the first layer of skin, and are considered the least permanent in nature. Second-degree burns are much more painful, and cause damage to the lower layers of skin. Blistering is common with second-degree burns. A third-degree burn causes damage throughout all of the skin’s layers and may likely cause permanent scarring or nerve damage. A fourth-degree burn includes the burning of muscle, tendon, organs, and bone. Fourth-degree burns can, on occasion, spur other serious medical treatments, such as amputation or skin-grafting. The likelihood of scarring, disfigurement, disability, or death increases with the amount of body surface burned. Traffic collisions that involve fire and smoke can also cause damage to the airways through inhalation, as well as damage to the eyes.
Call Wells & Wells Today
If you have been subjected to burns because of the careless driving of someone else, you deserve to receive compensation for your suffering. Explosions and fires as the result of a car crash are rare, but every victim involved deserves justice for the negligence of another driver. Call Wells & Wells in Jonesboro at 870.782.4084 to talk to a lawyer today.