When Is Road Rash in a Motorcycle Accident Dangerous?

January 17, 2018 | Category: Motorcycle Accidents | Share

Motorcyclists may receive road rash injuries in addition to other injuries when they are involved in accidents. Statistics show that when they are in accidents with other vehicles, they suffer more injury because they have less physical protection. 

When is Road Rash in a Motorcycle Accident Dangerous - Spivey LawWhen thinking about road rash, we may think everything will be all right. It is not a big issue. However, it can be a very big issue and require medical treatment far exceeding the proverbial, “It will heal itself.” philosophy. 

Similar to burns, road rash is measured by degree, says Livestrong.com. 

  • First-degree road rash presents with skin redness and needs no treatment.
  • Second-degree road rash results when the outer layer of skin breaks but can heal itself with minimal scarring.
  • Third-degree road rash occurs when the skin comes completely off and reveals underlying tissue. Patients may require skin grafting to heal third-degree road rash. 

There may be lengthy rehabilitation for third-degree road rash; it can be very painful, and the risk of infection is high. In addition, there may be other serious medical complications such as post-traumatic stress, scarring and disfigurement. 

Large skin grafts, like those which may occur when injured in a motorcycle accident, have the risk that the wounds will not be covered quickly enough and become infected, says Dr. William Truels, Medical Director of the Deaconess Wound Care Center, American Diabetes Association. Patients with extensive damage may take three to four weeks to heal. Should the patient have poor blood flow or be a smoker, he/she will not heal as quickly. 

Florida has laws which allow motorcycle accident injury victims to recover for damages as a result of a motorcycle accident. These damages may include: 

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Lost wages
  • Long and short-term medical care expenses 

“If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the experienced attorneys at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. to determine your rights. There are no costs or attorney fees unless we make a monetary recovery for you,” said Fort Myers Motorcycle Accident Attorney, Randall Spivey. 


Ft. Myers Motorcycle Accident Attorney,Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one (1%) percent of Florida attorneys.  He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida.  For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com.  Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information.  You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County 239.793.7748.

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