Posted on Thursday, June 25th, 2020 at 7:05 am    

Road rash commonly refers to the skin abrasions caused during a motorcycle accident. Skin abrasions result when the collision throws the rider from the motorcycle or dragged over the pavement when rider’s skin scrapes over the rough surface. Gravel, asphalt, pavement, and concrete can cause road rash.

Even though a rider may wear long sleeves and long pants, a motorcyclist can still experience abrasions. High speeds and rough surfaces can quickly shed most materials or cause abrasions through the material. However, wearing leather and specially designed motorcycle clothing reduces the risk of road rash in a motorcycle accident.

How Severe is Road Rash?

Most cases of road rash heal on their one in a few weeks or months after the crash. Generally, mild skin abrasions usually only involve superficial scratches and scrapes that do not damage any of the underlying layers of skin.

Proper wound care may include washing the area with soap and water, applying antibacterial cream, and covering with a clean bandage.

Moderate to severe skin abrasions may result in significant scarring and could result in life-threatening complications. Numerous layers of the skin may be damaged, and debris and dirt may be impacted in the wounds. A doctor must clean and clear away the debris to promote healing and prevent infection. The doctor advises the rider how to care for these cases.

In the most severe case of road rash, the abrasions are open and may bleed profusely. The person needs to see a doctor immediately. In the worst cases, scarring can be substantial. A plastic surgeon may be needed to try to repair the skin to minimize scarring and disfigurement.

What Compensation Can I Receive for Road Rash?

As with other cases, you must prove that the other driver caused the accident to prove that driver is responsible for your injuries before you can recover compensation.

Damages associated with road rash include:
  • Hospital care
  • Physician bills
  • Plastic or cosmetic surgery
  • Permanent impairments
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Physical pain and emotional suffering
  • Loss of income
  • Nerve damage

The amount of compensation you receive for your motorcycle accident claim depends on the severity of the injury and your other damages. Our injury team works with you, your doctors, and excerpts (if necessary) to document your injuries to calculate the maximum value for your claim.

Road Rash Can Cause Serious Infections

One of the risks of road rash is infection. Infections can cause life-threatening conditions, such as sepsis. If not treated immediately, the infections could result in organ damage and death.

If an infection develops, you may also receive compensation for the medical treatment, loss of income, and other damages associated with the infection. Common infections that may develop because of skin abrasions include Staph infection and necrotizing fasciitis. Prompt medical attention and following your doctor’s instructions can reduce the risk of infections from road rash.

Contact an Experienced Sacramento Motorcycle Accident Attorney for More Information

If a motorcycle accident caused your injuries, you might be entitled to compensation from the other party. Motorcycle cases can be complicated. Get help with your claim from an experienced lawyer.

Contact The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website to schedule a free consultation with one of our Sacramento motorcycle accident lawyers.

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