While flaming car crashes are not quite as common as Hollywood makes them out to seem, they do still happen. It is entirely possible to end up burned in a serious crash.
Moreover, many burn victims in car crashes end up dealing with second or third-degree burns. But what do these degrees of severity mean?
Infection and shock
Temple Health discusses the degrees that burn severity medically get measured by. In essence, first-degree burns appear the mildest, while third-degree burns have the greatest amount of damage. Second-degree burns are all somewhere in the middle, with burns over a certain size or on the face counting as severe injury.
Second-degree and third-degree burns both require immediate medical treatment. In particular, third-degree burns could pose a life-threatening problem in the form of the victim suffering from shock or infection. Serious burns have a high rate of susceptibility to infection, with gangrene, necrosis and even sepsis wreaking havoc within hours without quick treatment.
Shock can essentially put the body into overdrive and stress out the heart, leading to heart attacks or even heart failure. Without quick treatment, the shock alone can potentially lead to death.
Second-degree burns and scarring
Though second-degree burns do not have as high a ranking of severity, they can still cause a lot of damage. They affect two layers of the skin or more, and will often create a painful, blistering burn that can cause the victim a lot of discomfort and suffering. On top of that, the possibility of scarring exists, making both of these burns ones that will leave an unfortunately lasting mark.