You’ve probably heard of road burn or road rash. You may have even experienced it. The scrapes you get when you fall off a bicycle and onto the asphalt are a mild form of road rash. The abrasion of skin that occurs when a motorcyclist is thrown off his bike is a more serious injury.
Even at low speeds, all layers of the skin can be rubbed away exposing bones, tendons, and muscles. High speed accidents can cause damage to the muscles and bones. Road rash from a motorcycle crash can result in permanent skin loss, scarring, disfigurement, excruciating pain and sky high medical bills.
It can take years of treatment to recover from a severe road rash injury. A single skin graft can cost $100,000 or more. Many motorcycle accident victims require multiple skin grafts, plastic surgery and therapy.
Road rash usually affect the parts of the body that are most likely to hit the pavement during a motorcycle wreck—the legs, arms, face, palms of the hands, and shoulders. You need to protect these areas. Riding in shorts, t-shirts, and sandals is perfectly legal, but you are putting your skin at risk.
Protect your skin with a helmet, goggles, jacket, pants, gloves and boots. Make sure your gear is designed for motorcycle use. Your jacket, pants, shoes and gloves should be made of thick leather or a synthetic textile designed to withstand abrasion.
Unfortunately, good gear won’t prevent a motorcycle crash. If you are injured by a reckless driver, you need an Atlanta motorcycle accident attorney on your side. Contact Kaufman Law and learn how we can help you get all the insurance compensation you deserve. The initial consultation is free.