Motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable travelers on the roadway. A motorist’s failure to yield to a motorcycle or neglecting to double-check a blind spot for motorcycles can result in a motorcycle accident that causes serious injuries. While some injuries suffered in these wrecks are minor, others are quite severe. Potential severe injuries include brain and spinal cord injuries, which can leave victims with permanent disability. There are some injuries, however, that some consider moderate in nature. Yet, even though these injuries don’t immediately raise concern for serious harm, they can become severe if complications arise or they are extensive enough.
This is the case with “road rash.” Road rash occurs when skin comes into contact with a paved surface. This creates abrasions where the skin is rubbed away. In the context of a motorcycle accident, road rash typically occurs when a motorcyclist is thrown from the motorcycle and momentum sends them skidding along a paved surface. Fortunately, most road rash is relatively minor and can be treated at home with minimal medical intervention. In these instances, the damage is nominal and has no long-lasting effects. However, more serious motorcycle accidents can result in road rash that is severe.
Severe road rash can be so deep that it tears away tissue that is below the skin. This can increase the risk of infection. An infection can cause a whole host of problems, the biggest amongst them sepsis, which is an infection of the blood that can prove fatal. Serious road rash can also leave a motorcycle accident victim with permanent disfigurement and scarring.
Dealing with the aftermath of a motorcycle accident can be difficult. Victims have to find a way to cope with the physical and emotional pain and suffering, while trying to find a way to secure financial stability at a time when medical expenses keep rolling in and wages may be lost due to missed work. Those who have been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by the negligence of another may be able to recover compensation for these damages in a personal injury lawsuit.