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California man suffers serious burns in car accident

The injuries that people can suffer in any car accident should be taken quite seriously. Even in minor collisions, a person can experience back or neck pain that can last for months or even years. In more serious crashes, people can suffer broken bones, brain injuries and serious burns that can require extensive medical care indefinitely. No matter what a person's injuries are, it can be crucial that they get the help they need, both medical and legal.

Of course the first priorities after a car accident should be to get treated for injuries. But victims may then want to consider taking legal action against the person responsible for the damage. Depending on the type of injuries that were suffered in an accident, the costs of medical care, medication, rehabilitation and lost wages can get extremely high. Victims should not have to worry about covering these expenses, which is why many people choose to pursue a civil case and compensation after a serious accident.

One man may be considering these options after a devastating crash left him with serious burn injuries on about 40 percent of his body. The severity of his burns is unknown, but it is likely that he could require extensive medical attention and multiple surgeries to help limit and repair the damage. Some burns can be so severe that the damage is permanent.

Reports indicate that this accident could have been prevented if the driver of another vehicle had not been negligent behind the wheel. According to police, a 45-year-old man was driving near Desert Hot Springs late in the evening when he made a dangerous choice to pass another vehicle on the two-lane road. There was not enough room for him to safely pass the vehicle on the left and instead, the passing truck smashed head-on into the oncoming vehicle, which was being driven by the victim.

Serious burns are not uncommon in catastrophic crashes like this one. But burns can be very difficult to treat and the damage that can be done as a result may be permanent. Money cannot undo the damage suffered in serious car accidents, but it can help victims cover the costs of treatment and recovery so they do not have to be held financially responsible for the negligent or reckless actions of someone else.

Source: The Desert Sun, "Covina man seriously burned in crash near Desert Hot Springs," Colin Atagi, Feb. 12, 2014

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