Treating Road Rash at Home After a Motorcycle Crash

Motorcycles are a great mode of transportation that offers riders a bit of adventure. Many people enjoy the benefits a motorcycle has to offer in terms of lower vehicle costs, reduced maintenance expenditures, and great fuel economy. It is not surprising that more and more motorcyclists are hitting the road—on their way to work at Saint John's Health Center on Santa Monica Boulevard or on a scenic ride on the Pacific Coast Highway.

As with all great things, there is a downside. For motorcyclists, the downside is sharing the road with passenger vehicles. Drivers in cars and SUVs have a difficult time seeing a motorcycle, and are often the cause of serious motorcycle crashes.

Unfortunately, a motorcyclist may not fare well when he is run off the road or struck by a passenger vehicle. Motorcycle accidents often result in injury, one of the most common being road rash, an abrasion that occurs when the skin makes contact with the pavement.

Treating Road Rash

Following are four steps for assessing and treating a road rash injury.

  • Assess the injury – After a fall, the injured rider should assess the severity of the road rash injury. It may range from minor to severe. Severe road rash requires immediate medical attention to prevent infection.
  • Clean the injury – To prevent infection and to promote proper healing, the wound must be thoroughly cleaned, removing any gravel and other road debris. You may find it easiest to use a sprayer and a mild anti-bacterial soap to do this. Rinse it longer than you think is necessary to ensure it is perfectly clean. Debris left behind will promote infection.
  • Dress and cover – Apply a thin layer of antibacterial ointment to the wound and cover it with a clean bandage.
  • Maintain dressing – Change your dressing every day, checking for redness, swelling, or pus—all signs of infection. If you see any of these signs, seek medical treatment right away.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident because a motorist was negligent, contact our office today. We can help you to understand your legal options.

Peter Steinberg, Esq.
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Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Since 1982