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A Guide to Treating Road Rash Suffered In a Motorcycle Accident
There is no doubt that a motorcycle accident will often result in severe injuries. The types of injuries that a motorcyclist can suffer range from broken bones to the loss of limbs to traumatic brain injuries. Motorcycle collisions will often result in road rash, which occurs when the bone and skin suffers abrasions caused when the motorcyclist scrapes or hits exposed skin against the pavement after being thrown or falling from a motorcycle after an accident.
While road rash is not considered as severe as the loss of a limb or a brain injury, it is often still considerably painful and can result in permanent and severe scarring. Even when it occurs at a low rate of speed, a motorcycle accident will often lead to road rash injuries that necessitate lengthy rehabilitation. The severity of road rash can range from minor scrapes that appear to resemble a sunburn (wherein the skin is not broken) to cracked and broken skin that bleeds to all the layers of skin being damaged to the point where tissue and muscle is visible through the injury. The last type of injury requires immediate medical care, but less severe forms of road rash can generally be treated with care and over the counter remedies.
After the accident, emergency medical personnel will encourage the wound to bleed from the actual abrasion because this will assist in removing any debris that could possibly be embedded deeper within the tissue. Then, they will suggest that the victim flush the area with warm water. Naturally, this is going to hurt somewhat, but it is required in order to ensure that the wound is as clean as possible.
If debris is still located within the wound, then tweezers should be sterilized with alcohol and used to remove any dirt, glass, stones, or other debris from the road rash. The area should be cleaned gently with warm water and antibacterial soap. After the area has been sufficiently cleansed and all of the debris removed, an antibiotic ointment should be generously applied in order to prevent a scab from hardening or cracking or an infection from forming.
Any road rashes should be covered with nonstick, loose bandages. This can include a large dressing, gauze with tape, or Band-Aids. It is imperative to remember that dressings should be changed frequently in order to keep the bandages from sticking to the wound and to keep the wounded area clean. The bandages will also prevent wounds from sticking to one’s clothing. After the wound has stopped oozing, bandages are no longer required. Depending upon the severity of the road rash, this can take anywhere from one to three weeks after the date of the accident. Proper treatment can prevent moderate road rash from forming scars.
In order to avoid suffering from road rash in the first place, it is imperative that any New Hampshire motorcyclist be properly attired and equipped when riding their bike. While it is not mandated by New Hampshire state law, wearing a helmet is particularly encouraged when riding. In addition to a helmet, a motorcyclist should wear appropriate gear for their feet and avoid wearing flip flops or other open toed shoes. For the rest of the body, it is highly recommended that one wear full protective gear, including gloves, a jacket, and pants.
Despite the fact that light to moderate cases of road rash can be treated at home, any treatment for this injury should be left to medical professionals. The reasons are twofold. First and foremost, medical professionals can provide a higher standard of care than what one would receive at home. Secondly, just like with any other type of injury, the severity of the road rash suffered will need to be properly documented for a potential personal injury claim. In addition to photos, doctor’s reports can be an invaluable source of evidence when seeking monetary compensation.
At our law firm, our experienced NH personal injury attorneys are they themselves seasoned riders. Each of our personal injury lawyers understands that, regardless of the extent of one’s road rash injuries, injured motorcyclists are entitled to full monetary compensation under NH state law. We offer free evaluations of each case for potential clients. During your consultation, you can learn more about the legal team at our law firm, the merits of your personal injury claim, how the process works, and how each of attorneys can work on your behalf.
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