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How serious an injury is road rash?

On Behalf of | Mar 31, 2021 | Motorcycle Accidents |

As the weather continues to warm, city streets, county roads and highways will see more and more motorcycle traffic. Unfortunately, riders are at risk for serious injuries in any type of collision. Whether caused by distracted drivers, drowsy drivers, inattentive drivers or impaired drivers, motor vehicle collisions can have lasting, devastating effects on motorcycle riders.

In a collision, a rider is likely to suffer catastrophic injuries. Either from the impact of the collision itself or from striking and sliding along the road surface, riders could suffer broken bones, lacerations, amputation, head trauma and spinal cord damage. Additionally, riders might suffer traumatic skin damage often called road rash.

What are the symptoms of a road rash injury?

While road rash might initially seem like a minor injury, the consequences are severe. For example, serious cases can lead to the following:

  • Increased pain and swelling
  • Pus or draining fluids
  • Blood poisoning
  • Site infection
  • Fever, chills and body aches
  • Septic shock
  • Organ failure

Based on the size of the wound and the depth of the damage, the injury might require a skin graft or multiple surgeries to correct. Much like a bedsore or other skin disease, the injury might never fully heal. In severe cases, the trauma can lead to the death of the rider.

After any motor vehicle collision, it is crucial that you seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Even what you might consider a minor injury could have hidden consequences and an elevated risk for severe damage. An experienced motor vehicle accident attorney can provide the guidance you need when exploring your options for monetary recovery following a motorcycle crash.

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