How to Treat Road Rash From A Motorcycle
If you’re a motorcycle enthusiast, you need to know how motorcycle insurance is different from car insurance in the State of Nevada. When you take to the open road, it’s important to understand the difference in required coverage.
The State of Nevada classifies motorcycles as any vehicle with two or three wheels with a seat for the driver. All motorcycle owners need insurance and may need to work with a personal injury law firm after a crash. Here’s what you need to know about differences between motorcycle and car insurance in the State of Nevada.
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What is road rash?
Road rash occurs when you hit a hard surface, removing the epidermis from the affected area. Suppose you’re riding a bicycle, hit something on the road, and fall off your bike. You can suffer road rash when exposed skin scrapes against concrete or dirt. Although the term implies an injury occurring while in transit, you can get road rash from carpet and other surfaces.
Motorcyclists typically travel at higher speeds than cyclists, which is one reason road rash can be more severe for those in motorcycle accidents. Motorcycles can skid over a large area. You could get road rash over a large part of your body if you’re dragged by your motorcycle. You can get road rash on any part of your skin that comes in contact with a surface while in motion.
How do you treat road rash from a motorcycle accident?
You may be able to treat your friction burn yourself or treat another person’s road rash. You’ll need soap and water, a soft washcloth, tweezers, antibiotic ointment, and non-adherent pads.
Whether treating road rash on yourself or another person, you should start by washing your hands to ensure you don’t get dirt in the wound. Ideally, you’ll wear gloves to protect yourself and the injured party from infection. Next, wash the friction burn without scrubbing. Clean the area without exacerbating your injury.
Antibiotic ointment is an over-the-counter medication. This ointment can kill or prevent infections. Apply the ointment to the wound and cover it with a non-adherent pad or suitable dressing. Replace the dressing with a fresh pad twice daily or as needed.
How long does it take for road rash to heal?
You should expect it to take approximately 14 days for road rash injuries to heal. You can expedite the recovery time with proper treatment. Keeping your wound clean also prevents infection and ensures your wound heals swiftly.
Severe friction burns may require additional treatment and take longer to heal. In these cases, the recovery period varies based on the extent of the injuries.
The Best Way to Treat Severe Road Rash
You may wonder how to treat road rash when severe injuries occur. In these cases, your accident may have damaged all the layers of your skin. Road rash only affecting your epidermis should heal without leaving a scar. However, you may need a skin graft if all layers of your skin are torn away. It’s also possible for road rash to be one of several injuries. Having medical personnel care for your friction burn is the best way to treat your road rash if you need medical care for broken bones, whiplash, or other severe injuries.
Consulting an Attorney
Any motor vehicle accident can lead to medical, financial, and legal issues. These issues can last years. Get a free consultation from the best lawyer for personal injury in your area.
Injury attorneys are legal experts with extensive experience handling personal injury settlements and lawsuits after accidents. Depending on who caused the accident and the severity of your injuries, you may qualify for compensation for medical expenses, loss of income, property damage, job retraining, and pain and suffering. After your free consultation, your attorney will explain your options. Working with the best motorcycle accident lawyers ensures you understand and protect your legal rights.
How can you avoid getting road rash?
The primary ways to prevent road rash involve covering your body while riding your motorcycle. Wearing a helmet protects you from traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and scraping your face.
Wearing gloves protects your hands. Since it’s instinctive to put out your hands to break your fall, it’s easy to scrape the skin off your hands if unprotected. Leather gloves are a fantastic option.
Many motorcyclists wear leather when riding to protect their bodies. Covering your skin protects you when you’re out for a ride. You’ll prevent sunburn and give yourself an extra layer of protection from projectiles that can strike you when you’re riding. Hitting a bee stings if you have bare skin, but you may not even notice if you’re wearing leather. Leather can also prevent road rash if you’re in an accident.
Wear sturdy footwear while riding your motorcycle to protect your feet. Wearing boots is a good idea because they protect your ankles and calves.
Road rash is a typical motorcycle accident injury. It may be possible to treat road rash yourself, but severe cases may require medical care. Consult an injury attorney following your accident and take appropriate steps to protect your legal rights.
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What We Can Do For You After a Motorcycle Accident
As a motorcycle accident victim, there are specific things you need to do to make sure you get fair payment for your damages. Our team goes above and beyond to get results. Here are some of the services that we may provide in each case:
- Thorough investigation into the cause of the accident and where the legal fault lies
- Experience in motorcycle accident law; explanation of the law in terms that you can understand
- Determination of the total amount of compensation that you deserve
- Referrals to medical professionals who can document the severity of your injuries
- Taking steps to begin the legal process, including drafting the summons and complaint
- Preparation of legal motions; responses from the other side
- Speaking on your behalf in court
- Dealing with the insurance companies; contacting witnesses
- Attendance at mediation; conducting settlement negotiations
- Finalization of judgment; collection of your payment on your behalf
- Explaining each step to you in the process and working with you to build your case
Every motorcycle accident case is unique, just like every accident victim. Our team carefully crafts your claim for compensation. We work hard to build your case and choose the appropriate legal strategy.
We want you to have confidence in what we’re doing for you, so we make sure you are involved and informed every step of the way.
Building Your Case For Motorcycle Accident Compensation
Winning top compensation for a motorcycle accident victim doesn’t happen by chance. Our team has more than 31 years of experience helping deserving victims. With thorough knowledge of the law, we put our expertise to work for our clients.
At our first meeting, we learn all that we can about you and your case. We interview witnesses, look for more witnesses, gather video evidence and take photos. Our team helps facilitate making sure that you have the medical records that you need to justify compensation. We use legal tactics to gather information from uncooperative witnesses and people who don’t want to produce documents voluntarily. We handle all communications on your behalf.
Throughout your case, we look for opportunities to maximize your compensation. It’s vital for our Las Vegas motorcycle accident attorneys to stay one step ahead. When it’s time to negotiate your settlement, or it’s time to begin your trial, we’re prepared to fight for justice for you. At all times, we make sure you know what to expect and what you can do to help us pursue your claim.
If you’ve been in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation to cover your medical bills or any vehicle damage.
Pedestrian accidents occur when a motor vehicle injures an individual by striking them. These accidents can be traumatic.
Victims of motorcycle accidents may be entitled to significant financial relief depending on the severity of the injuries.
Truck accidents often leave victims with severe injuries. A personal injury attorney can help obtain proper compensation.
Suffering an injury while at work means you may be entitled to a workers’ compensation settlement to cover your damages.
Social Security Disability Insurance may be obtainable for anyone who has suffered personal injuries due to negligence.
Protecting Your Rights
Victims of motorcycle accidents have the same rights as any other injury victim. It is an urban legend that motorcycle accidents are not covered by insurance companies because of the risk involved in operating one of these vehicles. This is absolutely inaccurate. Victims of motorcycle accidents have the same rights to compensation as any other injury victim.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, you should contact an attorney who is experienced in these types of cases. Your lawyer will protect your rights and make sure that you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Motorcycle Accident Claims
Things you should know about motorcycle accidents
Involvement in a motorcycle accident is a frightening, confusing experience for anybody. The following procedures are general guidelines you should follow:
- Stop immediately: Do not leave the scene. If there are no injuries, move vehicles out of the flow of traffic.
- Check for injuries: do not assume that a lack of a visible injury means that a person is not hurt.
- Call the police: a motorcycle accident should be reported to the proper authorities, and the report may be helpful later in determining fault and receiving your due compensation.
- Exchange information: write down the name, address, phone number, insurance information, etc. of the person(s) who were involved in the incident.
Nevada Motorcycle Resources
Because motorcycle accidents can lead to traumatic injuries, the state of Nevada has implemented additional laws concerning the operation of motorcycles in the state. All motorcyclists are required to obey all traffic laws in the state just like passenger vehicles. However, the following laws apply additionally to the operation of a motorcycle:
- Motorcycle drivers are required to have a Class M Driver’s license issued by the state of Nevada to operate a motorcycle of any size.
- Motorcycle drivers and their passengers are required to wear helmets at all times when the vehicle is in operation.
- Motorcycle drivers and their passengers are required to wear protective eye wear or face shields unless the motorcycle is equipped with a windshield.
- Motorcycles may not share a lane with another motorcycle or other type of vehicle.
- Motorcycles may not skip through traffic by riding in-between lanes when traffic is stopped.
- Motorcycles must be equipped with at least one headlight. Motorcycles may not have more than two headlights in place.
- Motorcycle lights must be large enough to be seen from a distance of 500 feet.
- Motorcycle brake lights must be bright enough to be seen from a distance of 300 feet.
- Motorcycles must have a rear reflector.
- All motorcycles must have working front and back brakes.
- Every motorcycle manufactured after 1973 must have electric working turn signals on the front and back of the vehicle.
- Motorcycles must be equipped with side view mirrors on both sides of the bike.
- Motorcycles must have fenders over the rear and front wheels.
- Every motorcycle must have a horn and a muffler system.
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