Road Rash: The Unknown Burn Injury

Road Rash: The Unknown Burn Injury

Rarely does a motorcycle accident entirely occur in one singular spot. When a motorcycle rider is involved in a collision, they can literally be thrown from their bikes and across the pavement.

Many people don’t immediately associate burns with motorcycle accidents. However, burns are common and devastating injuries for riders who are involved in motorcycle collisions.

Not All Injuries Are the Same

Road rash is a type of friction burn caused when a rider’s skin scrapes against the asphalt and layers of skin are torn away. Because a rider’s entire body is completely vulnerable, road rash injuries can affect just about any part of the body, most often including the:

  • Lower legs

  • Thighs

  • Arms

  • Palms

  • Face

In addition, the severity of the burn will vary depending on a few factors, including:

  • Force of the crash

  • What the rider was wearing

  • Type of surface where the crash occurred

Treatments and Complications

Needless to say, recovering from a burn can be long and extremely painful. Treating road rash burns can be complicated, especially if there are other injuries such as broken bones or nerve damage.

Surgery may have to be performed in order to remove debris from the burn areas. Many injury victims must undergo skin grafts in order to help the skin heal. Some may have to undergo plastic surgery to reduce the physical appearance of scars.

There is also a chance of infection because of the large opening in the skin’s outer protective layer, allowing for bacteria and other germs to enter. This is one of the most important reasons that riders must seek medical attention for road rash.

Recovering from Road Rash

Medical care needed immediately after a road rash can become very costly, especially if ongoing treatment is required to prevent infections and heal the skin properly.

If you sustained road rash in an accident, you should not hesitate to pursue compensation against any negligent drivers or other at-fault parties. In many instances, these injuries can lead to lifelong scarring and other devastating complications.

You shouldn’t have to front the bills for these medical expenses. In fact, you may also be entitled to additional compensation for your pain and suffering, disfigurement, and related emotional damages caused by the physical appearance of your burns.

We will fight to help you obtain maximum compensation for what you have endured. Contact Effres & Associates at (818) 222-9720 to get started with a free consultation.

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