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Road rash seldom kills, but it can if it’s left untreated

| Jan 15, 2019 | Motorcycle Accidents |

If you ever research how to prevent injuries when you suffer a motorcycle crash, then you’ll likely come across information that emphasizes the importance of you wearing protective gear at all times. A helmet can protect you from head injuries. Specially-designed clothing can protect you from painful and potentially life-threatening road rash.

In case you’re not familiar with what road rash is, it’s a type of injury that you’re at risk of suffering if your unprotected skin comes in contact an asphalt roadway during a motorcycle crash. While in most cases, it’s disturbing to look at, and it’s painful, it’s not normally life-threatening. It can be, though.

Provided that a person who’s suffered road rash seeks immediate treatment for their injury, their skin is likely to bounce back to its original condition in due time. If they don’t, then dehydration and an infection may set in. Skin may initially start peeling via an abrasion process. Those with the most extensive friction burns may be left with disfiguring scars if their skin has to be surgically removed or depending on the extent of their injuries.

Waco motorcyclists who suffer road rash can minimize their risk of developing a potentially deadly infection by changing their bandages at least once every 24 hours. If pain, redness or swelling increases, the area around the wound is warm to the touch or fluid begins draining from it in the days after the injury occurs, then this may be a sign that an infection is setting in.

Texas residents who suffer debilitating or disfiguring injuries after experiencing a wipeout should first consult with a doctor to receive the life-saving treatment they need. They should then reach out to an attorney who will aggressively protect their right to compensation for medical costs and other expenses.