What is road rash?

If you have ever experienced a burn, you know how painful it can be and how long the healing process can take. Road rash is similar to a burn, but does not occur due to exposure to a heat, electrical, or chemical source.

Road rash refers to the abrasiosn that people experience as they fall onto – and often skid across – asphalt after an accident. The friction caused by the skin rubbing and skidding across the asphalt causes the skin to abrade, leaving the victim with would that in many cases can be quite severe.

There are three degrees of road rash severity, similar to those of a burn:

  • First-degree road rash: Damages the top layer of skin (epidermis), causing redness and tenderness.
  • Second-degree road rash: Damages part of the second layer of skin (dermis). Scarring becomes more of a concern with second-degree road rash.
  • Third-degree road rash: Damages the entire thickness of the skin, and the depth of the injury can damage muscle, other tissue, and nerves underneath as well.

Why is road rash so dangerous?

This type of abrasion causes the loss of a large area of skin, leaving the lower layers exposed to pathogens. If improperly cleaned and bandaged, the wound can become infected. Even with proper treatment, deep road rash wounds can be difficult to heal and will often leave disfiguring scars and skin discoloration.

How is road rash treated?

Treatment for road rash is similar to treating a burn. The type of first-aid and treatment will depend on severity. Most first-degree injuries are treatable at home with proper cleansing and bandaging.

Second- and third-degree injuries require medical attention. Doctors will clean the area and remove any debris. Some patients require skin grafts to facilitate healing and minimize scarring. Patients may also require intravenous antibiotics to prevent infection. Upon discharge, patients should follow any home care and bandaging instructions provided by the healthcare providers.

Road Rash is a Serious Injury

Severe road rash can cause nerve damage and result in devastating disfigurement. Injuries that cause disfigurement can also cause long-term emotional distress.

Before you accept a motorcycle accident settlement from an insurance company, make sure you have reviewed your case with a motorcycle accident attorney at Coffey Trial Law. We have helped other motorcyclists suffering road rash and other injuries recover compensation for their injuries, including one who received a $40,000 settlement on the eve of trial.

We offer free injury case reviews to help connect you with the resources and information you need to obtain a fair settlement for your injuries. Call 954-541-3194.