Due to their lack of protection, motorcyclists are at greater risk of suffering accident injuries compared to people in passenger vehicles or commercial trucks. For instance, motorcyclists are at greater risk of suffering road rash because they can easily be thrown from their bikes.
The experienced Windsor motorcycle accident lawyers at the law firm of Greg Monforton & Partners will fight to protect your rights after a motorcycle crash. Contact us to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation and learn what legal options are available to you.
What Is Road Rash?
Road rash is an injury that is caused by a motorcyclist’s skin making contact with roadway surfaces, including pavement, asphalt and gravel. Despite wearing protective gear, road rash may still happen.
Layers of skin are ripped away when skin makes contact with roadway surfaces. Road rash can go all the way down to the bone in severe cases. Road rash can be hard to treat, and it can cause infections and nerve damage.
Three categories of road rash exist, ranging from minor to severe:
- First-degree: These road rash injuries are minor and impact just the skin’s outer layer. You may suffer minor redness or a burning feeling, but you may not require medical attention.
- Second-degree: This level of road rash occurs if the skin’s outer layers are broken, but the skin is not punctured all the way through to muscles and other organs. Medical assistance is necessary. You may feel pain and swelling, and experience some scarring.
- Third-degree: This road rash level impacts all areas including the organs below the skin, and tissues beneath the skin are exposed. Medical treatment is required immediately. You may experience skin loss and scarring. Treatment such as medication or skin graft surgery may be necessary.
Depending on the degree of road rash suffered, victims report these common effects:
Types of Compensation for Road Rash Injuries
You may be able to pursue compensation for your road rash injuries, for damages such as:
You should always seek medical treatment after a motorcycle accident. By doing so, your road rash injuries are diagnosed, treated and documented.
Your personal injury claim can help you recover compensation for medical costs such as:
- Emergency room visits
- Hospital stays
- Doctors’ appointments
- Imaging, diagnostics and lab work
- Medical supplies
- Medical devices, including wheelchairs or crutches
- Mileage for driving to and from medical appointments
Your road rash injury may prevent you from doing your regular work duties, causing you to lose income.
You may be able to recover lost wages compensation for:
- The time you missed work while seeking treatment
- Vocational training to learn new skills
- Lost future earnings capacity because your road rash injury stops you from performing your normal job
Pain and Suffering
A court or insurance adjuster may award compensation for pain and suffering, based on the level of severity of your road rash injury. In severe cases, victims may suffer severe pain, mental anguish and extreme discomfort.
Scarring and Disfigurement
If scarring or disfigurement result from your road rash injury, you may be able to recover compensation. Disfigurement often occurs in severe, third-degree road rash cases.
Compensation depends on the degree of injuries, the part of the body affected, and what impact the scarring or disfigurement may have on your life.
Contact Our Lawyers Now
Road rash and other types of motorcycle accident injuries may seriously impact the rider. Do not wait to contact our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers to learn what legal options are available for recovering compensation for the injuries and damages you suffered.
The seasoned injury lawyers at Greg Monforton & Partners are committed to helping injured motorcyclists get the compensation they deserve. We offer free, no-obligation consultations where you can learn whether you have a claim against the at-fault party that is responsible for your accident.
Our services are provided on a contingency fee basis. We do not take payment unless we are able to help you obtain compensation. Contact us today to find out how we may be able to help you.