New York is a beautiful state for riding a motorcycle, and when done safely, it is one of the most liberating experiences a person can have on the road. Unfortunately, other drivers often fail to display safe behavior around motorcyclists.
Road rash is one of the most common injuries someone can suffer in a motorcycle collision. While road rash is usually minor, there is a serious risk of infection with such injuries, and severe abrasions or degloving can require skin grafts.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, seek medical treatment to avoid infection and make sure your injuries heal properly. It is also important to hold reckless drivers accountable, and to seek compensation for your injuries and expenses caused by the wreck. Call Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, at (212) 986-7353 to discuss what happened with a top NYC motorcycle accident lawyer.
Road rash is an abrasion, which is an injury to the skin and underlying tissue caused by rubbing or scraping. Specifically, road rash refers to abrasions that are caused by violent contact between the skin and the road, asphalt, or similar surface. These are bad scrapes and are sometimes called “raspberries” or “strawberries” due to their appearance.
Road rash is particularly common for motorcyclists who do not wear enough protective clothing. These injuries are often seen in the spring and summer, as the weather warms up and people are more likely to wear short-sleeved shirts and short pants. Motorcyclists are strongly urged to wear full-length shirts and pants all year long to protect them in the event of a collision.
Road rash is generally caused by contact with the road, as the road’s surface tears off layers of skin. Such injuries are usually the result of some kind of collision; but single-vehicle motorcycle accidents can cause road rash as well. While motorcyclists are the people most likely to experience road rash due to the high speeds at which they travel, bicyclists, pedestrians, and people ejected from vehicles during a collision can also suffer such injuries.
Treatment for road rash will depend on the depth and width of the skin trauma. In general, it is always best to seek medical help with such injuries, especially with initial treatment. Road rash needs to be properly cleaned, to remove any dirt, grass, and gravel that might be imbedded in the skin from contact with the road. After initial treatment, most road rash can be treated at home by continuing to clean the area and change the dressing as instructed by a healthcare professional.
Serious road rash, on the other hand, can require skin grafts to replace skin that was removed in the accident. There is also a major risk of infection when dealing with road rash, and medical treatment should be sought as soon as signs of infection develop.
After a motorcycle accident, you should seek medical assistance for your injuries to make sure they do not worsen. Do not agree to any settlement or insurance company payout without an experienced NY motorcycle accident attorney to make sure your rights are protected. Call us today at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, at (212) 986-7353 to discuss what happened and explore your legal options.