Motorcycle accidents can result in scrapes and severe burns as they can be thrown onto the road in an accident. Road rash occurs when the individual suffers scrapes from their bodies as they come into contact with the road. The sheer force of being thrown from a motorcycle and sliding across the pavement, even if the collision was at a lower speed, is extremely painful to the rider.
Road rash can peel off several layers of skin, exposing the tissue, muscle, and the nerve endings underneath. Riders usually take preventative measures to keep their bodies covered, such as wearing a leather jacket and protective boots. While this adds layers of protection, unfortunately, it does not always prevent the damaging effects of road rash. In some cases, the abrasions can run so deep so as to cause permanent disfigurement and scarring.
Road rash injuries can vary in severity based on the following factors:
- The roadway texture
- The distance that the body skids
- The speed at which the body hits the ground
The different types of road rash will also require a different form of treatment. For mild abrasions, one will only need to clean the wounds and keep them bandaged until they have healed. However, in the more severe cases, where the lacerations are deep enough to expose the tissue, a doctor may need to stitch the affected area or perform a skin graft surgery. This is what typically can result in road rash.
Road rash injuries can be expensive to treat and require extensive and sometimes multiple hospital visits. As a result, injury victims find themselves struggling not only physically and emotionally from their accident, but also financially. Our Houston motorcycle accident lawyers care ready to assist you. We can determine the cause of your accident, find the driver who is at-fault for their accident, and work with the insurance adjusters to find a fair settlement. Or, we take the case to trial once all other options have been exhausted.
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