Road Rash Injury Attorneys in Orange County
Road rash is a potentially severe injury, often sustained in motorcycle accidents. It is a painful type of skin abrasion or friction burn that occurs when a rider is thrown from the bike and slides along the surface of the road. Taking proper precautions, such as wearing a helmet and a jacket, cannot always prevent these injuries.
The most common nonfatal injury motorcyclists experience is road rash. Riders can suffer this type of injury anywhere on the body. The most common locations for road rash are:
- Lower legs
Motorcycle road rash may involve several different types of injuries, including:
- Compression injuries: This occurs when a part of the body is trapped between the motorcycle and the road. Compression can cause fractured bones, bruising, and muscle damage.
- Open wounds: Bleeding, open wounds are common with more severe cases of road rash. These injuries usually require sutures, and some may even require skin grafts.
- Avulsion: This is the most common type of road rash injury. It involves scraping the skin to the point where fat, muscle, or bone is exposed.
Depending on the severity, road rash can range from minor scrapes and bruises to serious injuries requiring immediate medical attention. Like burns, road rash is classified as to severity by degrees:
- First-degree road rash: At this level, road rash is considered a minor injury that can often be treated at home. A rider may walk away from a crash with only minor scrapes and bruising, slight bleeding, skin redness, and pain. It is still important to keep the area clean to help prevent infection.
- Second-degree road rash: This is a more severe injury that may cause swelling, bleeding, and a feeling of radiant heat, and often causes permanent scarring. With second-degree road rash, riders may suffer severe scrapes, deep cuts, and bruising, and may have debris lodged in the affected areas. Seek medical attention as soon as possible for this type of road rash.
- Third-degree road rash: At this level of severity, road rash is the most painful. Third-degree road rash is a serious injury, as all layers of skin have been affected, exposing the tissue underneath, leading to significant scarring and disfigurement. You may experience heavy bleeding, and debris can become lodged deep in the skin. Infection can set in quickly under these circumstances, and medical attention is needed immediately.
Road rash is a painful injury, and, depending on the severity, it could lead to extensive medical bills, time away from work, and permanent disfigurement. If your motorcycle accident was someone else’s fault, you deserve to recover full and fair compensation. The job of our experienced Orange County motorcycle accident lawyers is to pursue the maximum compensation. A skilled lawyer will:
- Thoroughly investigate the motorcycle accident to determine cause and liability
- Secure and preserve evidence to support your claim
- Work with local law enforcement, medical professionals, and other experts to build a strong case
- Negotiate skillfully with insurance companies on your behalf
- Fight for the compensation you deserve in court, if necessary
- Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie was officially founded in 1974. We have more than 40 years of experience.
- Our Orange County personal injury attorneys have won hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients.
- Unlike other lawyers, we keep you fully informed about your case in real-time. We have a strong sense of fairness and treat the people we serve with dignity.
If you have suffered a motorcycle crash with road rash because of someone else’s negligence, you need a team of lawyers with a successful track record on your side, fighting for the compensation you deserve. Call Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie at (949) 752-7474 today for more information.
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