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How to Recover Damages for Motorcycle Road Rash


If you were thrown off your motorcycle in a collision, it’s likely that, among other injuries, you sustained a large, painful scrape or bruise. Motorcycle road rash, as this type of injury is often called, can cause serious damage to the skin and even lead to complications if left untreated.

At the Law Office of Manning Zimmerman & Oliveira PLLC PLLC we can help you recover compensation for your injuries so that you can focus on your recovery. To learn more about what you can do if you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, contact us today.

What Is Motorcycle Road Rash?

Motorcycle road rash refers to flesh wounds or burns suffered by motorcyclists after sliding on asphalt. There are three levels of severity, similar to the way burns are categorized:

  1. First Degree:The mildest form of motorcycle road rash, first degree wounds are characterized by reddened skin. Similar to a rug burn, first degree motorcycle road rash is a relatively minor injury.
  2. Second Degree:Breakage of skin indicates that your motorcycle road rash is a second degree injury. While your skin will remain intact, a second degree motorcycle road rash will be visible. It can also scar.
  3. Third Degree:The most serious type of motorcycle road rash, third degree wounds are those where your skin is completely broken. All five layers of skin are damaged to the fat, muscle, or other tissue.

How Do You Prevent Motorcycle Road Rash?

Motorcycle falls often result from hazardous road conditions and accidents with automobiles. Both situations are difficult for a motorcyclist to predict or control, so the best prevention is preparation. The best ways to prevent motorcycle road rash and other injuries are to:

  1. Wear a helmet with a face shield:A helmet covering your whole head can prevent brain trauma and damage to your jaw, teeth, and chin.
  2. Wear tough protective clothing:Boots, leather jackets, jeans, and chaps are helpful to motorcyclists who fall and slide along the asphalt.
  3. Be mentally prepared:You will have to react quickly to a fall, so it pays to anticipate potential hazardous situations.

How Is Motorcycle Road Rash Treated?

Areas affected by first and second degree motorcycle road rash wounds should be cleaned promptly to prevent infections. Treatment of second degree motorcycle road rash injuries may require medical care and also typically involve over-the-counter remedies such as bandages, ointments, and burn creams.

Third degree motorcycle road rash wounds, are serious, more prone to infection and require urgent medical attention. Any delay in treating a third degree road rash injury could result in permanent skin or muscle damage, or death. Surgery, hospitalization, and physical therapy are likely needed before life can return to normal following third degree motorcycle road rash.

For questions regarding the treatment that is right for you, you should consult a medical professional.

What Should You Do If You’re Suffering From Motorcycle Road Rash?

How much your claim will be worth depends on the severity of your injury, as well as other factors such as the extent of your medical treatment. In order to understand which damages you may be entitled to receive, your best option is to hire an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. An attorney can help take away the stress and frustration of seeking recovery for your injuries.

Speak to a Manchester NH Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today

To learn more about seeking compensation for injuries from a motorcycle accident, speak to an experienced Manchester NH injury attorney. At the Law Office of Manning Zimmerman & Oliveira PLLC PLLC, we can help you recover damages from serious motorcycle road rash. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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