Road Rash Is Even Worse Than It Sounds
Road rash is a highly abrasive skin injury, most often seen when a motorcycle rider scrapes along the surface of asphalt during a collision. Since skin is the human body’s largest organ, road rash can cause serious damage.
Avoiding Road Rash
The most effective way to prevent road rash is the consistent use of safety equipment, including:
- Long pants
- Long-sleeved shirt or jacket
- Protective padding
Types of Road Rash Injuries
There are three different types of road rash injuries:
- Compression. These bruising or crushing injuries occur when a body part is trapped between the motorcycle and the road.
- Open wounds. Open wounds caused by road rash typically need stitches, and the most serious cases may require a skin graft, as well. Due to dirt and debris entering the wound, these injuries frequently lead to infection.
- Avulsion. Avulsion involves the scraping away of all skin layers, exposing the fat, muscle, and bone that lies beneath. This is the most common type of road rash, and it may require skin grafts and result in permanent scarring.
Treatment of Road Rash
Road rash victims are sometimes tempted to just treat their injuries at home, but this is a mistake. These types of injuries have a high risk of complications, including severe pain, permanent scarring, and serious infections. Medical treatment is needed in order to minimize the risk of further damage. If there is debris in the wound, it must be surgically removed before treatment can begin. Many motorcycle road rash victims need skin grafts and plastic surgery, after which there may be permanent, deep scarring. This treatment process can be long, painful, and expensive.
You Need an Attorney
Unfortunately, motorcycle collisions frequently result in severe injuries. If you’ve experienced road rash due to a motorcycle accident, you should seek immediate professional medical treatment for your injuries. Then, you need skilled legal representation to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. To discuss your claim, contact the law offices of Steve M. Lee, P.C., by using the form on this page.