Road Rash And Motorcycle Accidents

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Automobile Accidents

Motorcycles provide drivers with a convenient mode of transportation. It allows them to cut through traffic and reach their destination in a quick manner. But while they offer convenience, it also places the driver at a huge risk of getting injured or worst killed. The website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® reveals that motorcycle accidents have the potential to cause serious injuries. Unlike cars, motorcycles do not have any safety features to protect the driver.

One of the common consequences of motorcycle accidents is road rash, a skin abrasion resulting from the falling off from a motorcycle and making contact with the ground. Road rash is divided into three categories:

  • First Degree – is characterized by redness in the skin similar to “rug burn.” The good news is that first degree road rash is not serious and requires no medical treatment.
  • Second Degree – involves breaks on the skin. In second degree road rash, the underlying layers of the skin will remain intact but is visible from the injury. It has the potential for scarring. These types of road rash can be easily treated by over-the-counter presc4riptions.
  • Third Degree – is the most serious type of road rash. It involves breaks in the skin that extends down to the fat tissues. It can subject a person to infections from the injury and may require immediate care.

Except for third degree road rash, treatment of lesser degree road rash can be done using simple procedures. Third degree, on the other hand, requires immediate treatment. First and second degree road rash should be washed and cleaned immediately to help avoid infection. Make sure not to scrub the affected area as it increases the risk of scarring. For third degree road rash, surgery and physical therapy may be required several weeks after hospitalization.

After treatment, cover the wound with a loose non-stick gauze. Add a moisture barrier covering such as DuoDerm. Keep the wound covered until they are healed for about 7 to 12 days. Make sure to replace the dressing at least once a day and watch out for signs of infection.

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