If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, you may experience several types of injuries. One that is common, even in minor accidents, is road rash.
The severity of road rash depends on the accident. While some instances are minor and will clear up in a few weeks, other cases can affect the deep layers of tissue and cause an infection and other complications.
If you are in a motorcycle accident and injured, you have rights. Learning more about road rash can help you know what to expect and why compensation should be paid if someone else was at-fault for the accident.
Why does road rash occur?
Usually, road rash is caused if you are dragged or fall against paved or dirt surfaces. When your body contacts the ground, all exposed skin is vulnerable to the effects of the rough surface.
While road rash cases are more commonly seen during warmer months because people are more active and wear fewer clothes, they can happen anytime.
Do you need medical treatment?
Minor cases of road rash don’t require medical attention. You need to care for the wound, but usually, it will heal on its own.
If you notice any of the following symptoms, you need professional medical treatment for road rash:
- The wound is more than three times the size of your palm
- The wound is on your feet, hands, face or genitals
- Bone or muscle is visible
- The area looks infected
- Excessive bleeding
- Debris like rocks or glass are embedded in the skin
Protecting your rights for compensation after a road rash injury
You have rights if you experience road rash in a motorcycle crash caused by someone else. Take steps to protect them so you can recover the compensation you deserve.