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Suffered from road rash after a motorcycle accident? 

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Motorcycle road rash is a common injury among riders. It occurs when a rider falls off their bike and slides across the pavement, causing the skin to be scraped away. This type of injury can be very painful. On top of that, it can impact the quality of your life and result in mounting medical expenses. 

If you suffered from road rash in a motorcycle accident, speak to a Law.com Premier Attorney and find out how to get the justice you deserve. Contact a lawyer in your area and schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

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Motorcycle road rash can vary in severity. It’s typically classified into three degrees:

  • First degree: The top layer of skin is damaged, causing redness and pain.
  • Second degree: The outer layer of skin breaks, leading to swelling and bleeding.
  • Third degree: The deepest layer of skin is damaged, possibly exposing fat, muscles, or bones.

What is road rash first aid and treatment? 

Immediate first aid is crucial for motorcycle road rash to prevent infection and promote healing. Here's what to do:

  • Stop the bleeding: If the wound is bleeding, apply gentle pressure with a clean cloth or bandage.
  •  Clean the wound: Rinse the wound with clean water to remove dirt and debris. Avoid using hydrogen peroxide or iodine, as they can irritate the wound. To reduce the risk of infection, apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment.
  • Cover the wound: Use a sterile bandage or clean cloth to protect the wound from bacteria and debris.
  • Seek medical attention: If the road rash is severe, especially if it's a third-degree injury, professional medical treatment is necessary. However, it’s always important to seek prompt medical attention after a motorcycle accident, even if you feel fine

Infection is a significant risk with road rash due to the exposure of underlying tissues and the potential for debris to be embedded in the wound. Here are steps to prevent infection:

  • Regularly clean the wound with mild soap and water.
  • Replace bandages daily or whenever they become wet or dirty.
  • Watch for increased pain, redness, swelling, warmth around the wound, or pus discharge. A fever can also be a sign of infection.
  • If prescribed antibiotics, complete the entire course even if the wound appears to be healing.
  • Keep hands clean and avoid touching the wound unnecessarily.

How long is the road rash healing process?

The healing process for road rash can vary depending on the severity of the injury. For minor road rash, healing typically occurs within a few weeks. More severe cases might take longer and could leave scars. During the healing process, it's common to experience itching and mild discomfort.

The factors that affect healing time include: 

  • The area and size of the injury
  • Whether or not the road rash becomes infected.
  • Your age and overall health. 

Minor cases of motorcycle road rash don’t typically require ongoing treatment. However, if your case was severe, you may need: 

  • Pain management: Over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help manage pain and reduce inflammation.
  • Physical therapy: If the road rash is extensive and affects joint areas or mobility, physical therapy might be recommended to preserve range of motion.
  • Scar management: Once the wound has healed, scar management creams or silicone gel sheets can help reduce scarring.

Road rash prevention tips for motorcycle riders

While motorcycle accidents are sometimes unavoidable, there are steps riders can take to reduce the risk of road rash:

  • Wear protective gear: Always wear a helmet, gloves, long pants, and a jacket made of thick, abrasion-resistant material.
  • Use reflective gear for visibility: This helps motorists see you and reduces the risk of a motorcycle accident, especially at night.
  • Ride defensively: Be aware of your surroundings and anticipate potential hazards and actions from other road users.

To determine the true value of your motorcycle road rash claim, an attorney will need to accurately add up your current and future damages. That includes: 

  • Medical expenses.
  • Lost wages.
  • Property damage.
  • Pain and suffering. 

To help your attorney accurately value your claim, be sure to keep all medical bills and receipts, pay stubs, appointment logs, vehicle repair estimates, and other records that can strengthen your claim. 

If you sustained motorcycle road rash because of someone else’s negligence, you deserve to be fully compensated for your injuries. While the insurance companies often have biases against motorcyclists, a Law.com Premier Attorney can fight for you every step of the way.

An attorney will thoroughly investigate your motorcycle accident. They’ll gather crash-scene photos, witness statements, cell phone records, video footage, and the police report. This information will help your attorney prove the validity of your claim and fight for fair compensation.

Best of all, you don’t have to worry about affording an attorney. They work on a contingency fee basis and only get paid if they win your case. To find out how a Premier Attorney can help you, contact one in your area for a free consultation.

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