When a Motorcycle Accident Causes You to Suffer Road Rash
- Dan T. Matrafajlo
- Wed Sep 2018
- Auto Accident,
Just about everybody recognizes the vulnerability experienced when riding a motorcycle. For many, it’s well worth the risk. After all, what could possibly compare with the open air behind your back? It’s all good until an accident. And, although road rash might not seem like such a big deal – you might beg to differ if it happens to you. This is why it is important to ensure you are safe on the road. Whether that is making sure you get a good quality helmet or stick to the speed limit (which you must do), everyone’s safety is important while you are on the road.
Consider this. You are riding your motorcycle through the beautiful street of Spring Lake when you approach a busy intersection. Suddenly, a car that was waiting in a turning lane judges your speed incorrectly.
Your worst nightmare becomes a reality as the car turns in front of you and causes a collision. You lose control of the motorcycle and are thrown from it. You find yourself dragged across the surface of the roadway. As you are sliding, your pants and gloves get shredded in an instant. As a result, you sustain road rash injuries.
What is Road Rash?
No doubt that motorcycle riding can be dangerous. Meanwhile, road rash can be a serious motorcycle accident injury. Road rash is the technical name for a severe road burn or abrasion as a result of a biker dragged across a roadway surface during a motorcycle accident. The surface is typically hard and rough, such as asphalt pavement. The rider will slide or tumble at an extended distance while his or her skin comes in direct contact with the pavement.
Road rash will affect the parts of the body that hit the pavement, including arms, legs, hands, and face. Even with protective gear, such as pants and gloves, the end result for the biker from impacting the ground can be tearing of skin, muscle tissue damage, and broken bones. Debris such as dirt, glass, and rocks can get into the skin and complicate wounds and cause infection. Road rash can be painful and even cause permanent scarring and disfigurement.
There are three degrees of road rash injuries from motorbike accidents:
- First-degree road rash — These are minor injuries such as scrapes and cuts that might need stitches, as well as reddening of the skin.
- Second-degree road rash — These are injuries that break the outer layer of skin. There may be redness, bleeding, and swelling.
- Third-degree road rash — These injuries are severe and debilitating and involve skin loss. Muscles and tissues can be exposed. Skin graft surgery may be required. Muscle tissue might be damaged and need surgery. Additional complications include infection and scars. Permanent damage to the muscles and tissues are also possible.
Moreover, a victim could sustain compression injuries from becoming pinned between a motorcycle and the road or an object such as a car, building, or tree. This can result in abrasions, bruising, or damaged limbs.
The Aftermath of a Road Rash Accident
Road rash injuries can be excruciating and traumatic, and recovery can be difficult. If you have sustained road rash injuries, you will likely require medical treatment and experience short-term and long-term effects that could include permanent disability. You could also find yourself facing expensive medical procedures, such as skin grafts, hospitalization, or plastic surgeries. Additional consequences include lost work and emotional distress, especially if you’ve suffered scarring or disfigurement.
Help for Injured Motorcyclists
If you have been in a motorcycle accident as a result of another driver’s negligence and sustained road rash injuries, contact The Law Offices of Beninato & Matrafaljo. We will fight for compensation for your injuries, including, future medical expenses, physical therapy, lost work, and emotional trauma. Call us today for a free consultation.