Motorcycle accidents are some of the most dangerous incidents on the road because of the risk of injury or death riders can face. One of the most common and painful injuries a rider can experience in a motorcycle accident is road rash. It can have long-lasting effects.
Road rash happens when a motorcyclist contacts the pavement. It is a painful abrasion that is caused by the friction of the accident. If a rider has a road rash injury, it’s important to clean the affected area thoroughly to ensure that any dirt, debris or gravel does not become embedded in the wound.
In more serious situations, it can tear layers of skin, leaving the exposed area susceptible to infection and long-term problems that require skin grafts and surgery. Signs of infection can include redness and swelling.
In addition to road rash, riders can suffer from broken bones, head trauma and internal injuries, slowing the healing process and increasing the risk of complications. These injuries can last for weeks or months, causing expensive medical bills and lost wages. This can be especially difficult for those who provide financially for their families.
Motorcycle riders can take some precautions to reduce injury, including wearing protective gear, remaining aware of their surroundings and riding defensively. They can also wear reflective clothing, use their headlights and their turn signals.
Unfortunately, there’s only so much a motorcyclist can do to protect themselves from the negligence of other drivers on the road. If a rider is hurt in an accident with a driver, they may have options to pursue the compensation they need to cope with their medical expenses and other damages.