Motorcyclists are more at risk on the road because they don’t have the same protections as other vehicles. When there’s a crash, one of the most common injuries a rider can get is road rash. This painful condition happens when their skin rubs up against the road. Road rash can range from scrapes to deep wounds that have lasting impacts on the motorcyclist’s life. If someone else caused the crash, the motorcyclist could seek compensation for their road rash injury.
In this post, we’ll discuss what road rash is. We’ll also look at how serious it can be, potential complications, and how a lawyer could help.
Remember that we’re sharing this information to provide you with a basic overview. If you have questions about an accident you were in, please call us. Every situation is different and we’re here to help. Plus, all initial consultations are free.
Road rash is a painful injury that occurs when the skin forcefully contacts a rough surface. Many of us have likely experienced minor road rash from falling off a bike or sliding into home plate. However, a more severe form of road rash can occur when a motorcyclist is thrown off their bike during a collision. When this happens, urgent medical attention may be necessary.
Like burns, road rash can have different levels of severity. We use three degrees to classify the seriousness of your injury.
Here’s a little bit more about each degree:
Unfortunately, second- and third-degree road rashes are common after a motorcycle injury. Chances are high that there are more injuries than road rash after a motorcycle crash. For this reason, it’s a good idea to seek medical care after any crash.
Your recovery from road rash depends on how severe your injury was and the medical care you received. While many wounds will heal, there are some potential long-term impacts of road rash. These include:
You can reduce some of these risks by seeking prompt medical care after your crash. For example, you may be able to avoid infections or severe scarring.
If someone else caused your motorcycle accident, you could file an injury claim for road rash. Typically, the other driver’s insurance policy will pay you for your medical bills, pain, and suffering. (Note that an injury claim is separate from a property claim. Your property claim will cover the cost to repair or replace your bike.)
We understand that you will want to know how much of a settlement you could expect to receive. But, every case is different. In other words, it’s difficult to state what your injury case may be worth without speaking to you.
What we can share is that there are several factors that can greatly influence the value of your case:
The best way to know what your road rash injury case could be worth is to speak with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. As the facts of your crash become known, your attorney will have a better idea of what a fair offer might look like.
Have you been injured in a motorcycle accident? Remember, it’s always free to speak with one of our attorneys. Plus, there’s no obligation. If you choose to use our services, you’d only pay a fee if we’re able to win you a settlement. To get started, please give us a call, or fill out the short form on our website.