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Fiery Crash in Chino Results in 1 Death and Several Injuries

Chino, CA (December 15th, 2020) – On the evening of Monday, December 14th, a traffic accident resulted in the death of a woman and three other injuries in Chino, authorities said.

The Chino Police Department has reported Emelie Ann Hjerten as the deceased victim. Hjerten was pronounced dead at the scene, according to San Bernardino County’s Coroner’s Office.

The accident, which occurred around 8:30 p.m. on December 14th, was discovered by the Chino Police Department, as officers responded to reports of a vehicular fire on the 13400 block of Central Ave. There, officers discovered the vehicle in question fully engulfed in fire. The vehicle was situated in the southbound lanes of Central Avenue.

Police officers rescued vehicle occupants from one of the vehicles while a third passenger was discovered outside of the vehicle. According to officers, two of the victims were in stable condition and a third was in critical condition. The surviving victims were identified as a 20-year-old Chino Hills man, a 19-year-old Chino man, and a woman from Corona.

Based on preliminary investigations, a vehicle traveling north on Central Ave. swerved into southbound lanes and later crashed with a tree on the west before catching on fire. Firefighters worked to extinguish the flames and help those injured.

The fiery car accident continues to be under investigation and anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Chino Police Department Traffic Unit.

Car accidents can result in a multitude of injuries, but when the accident results in catastrophic burn injuries, the consequences will usually last a lifetime. Burn injuries are reported as being one of the leading causes of unintentional death in the country. Although a majority of victims who are rapidly treated for their injuries survive, most leave treatment centers with scars, disfigurement, disability, and other chronic health issues.

Generally, the severity of burn injuries is classified as being first, second, third, or fourth-degree burns. When a person suffers a first-degree burn, the burn will not usually require medical care. These minor injuries result in mild or moderate pain, some swelling, and minimal redness of the skin.

Second-degree burns are slightly more severe and they usually require some medical care. When a person suffers a second-degree burn, the injury will typically affect the top foremost layers of the skin. These injuries can lead to blistering of the skin and may give the skin a glossy appearance. They can also result in a deep reddening of the skin as well as moderate to high levels of pain, and potentially the loss of skin at the site.

Third-degree and fourth-degree burns are both severe types of burns and they usually lead to lifelong challenges, including incapacity or even death. Upon injury, a victim’s skin can appear white or black and the skin’s texture could become leathery. Third and fourth-degree burns will require immediate medical care.

In California, catastrophic burn injury victims are eligible for financial compensation when their injury has been caused by another’s intentional actions or negligence. Therefore, when a traffic accident was caused by another driver’s negligence and this resulted in serious burn injuries, the at-fault driver will be held responsible for the victim’s injuries.

Car accident cases that result in catastrophic burn injuries can be difficult to pursue, particularly because the injuries typically take an extensive period of time to fully develop. Nonetheless, filing a case is necessary when the accident has resulted in costly injuries. After an accident resulting in burn injuries, it is highly recommended that victims seek immediate medical attention, without regard to the appearance of the injury. A full medical evaluation is the only way to ascertain the full extent of the injury, which will ensure the need for future medical treatments is well documented.

If you or someone you love has suffered a catastrophic burn injury in a car accident, consider seeking the legal advice of an experienced auto accident attorney.

The Law Offices of Attorney Justin H. King are equipped with the right tools and resources needed to handle the most complex auto accident cases, including those that result in catastrophic burn injuries. When an auto accident victim sustains a burn injury, the injury can result in costly medical expenses, emotional trauma, and lifelong economic hardship. After an accident resulting in burn injuries, contact the legal support of an attorney you can depend on. Consider scheduling a no-obligation consultation with the Law Offices of Attorney Justin H. King by calling (909) 297-5001 or filling out the online contact form today.

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