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Are motorcycle accident road rash injuries considered severe?

It is easy to understand the allure of riding free on a motorcycle. But beneath the exhilaration lies a harsh reality: motorcyclists are far more vulnerable in accidents than those protected by the metal cages of cars.

Road rash, caused by friction with the pavement, occurs commonly in motorcycle accidents, ranging from minor scrapes to severe wounds that expose muscle and bone. The immediate pain is often excruciating, but severe road rash can also pose long-term effects, some severe.

Permanent scars or disfigurement

Deep abrasions can lead to significant scarring. Road rash scars can be keloids, raised and thickened, or contractures, causing tightness and restricted movement. Scars can affect your self-image and interfere with your well-being.

Nerve damage and chronic pain

Since road rash occurs through friction, it can be severe or deep enough to damage nerves. Typical side effects include long-term pain, numbness and tingling. Worse, it can impact mobility, making simple tasks seem overwhelming.

Poor range of motion

Scarring and tissue damage can restrict joint movement and decrease flexibility. As a result, such damage can restrict activities like walking, exercising, or even reaching for an object. For some, surgery may be necessary to improve their range of motion.

Psychological trauma

The trauma of the accident, combined with the effects of severe injury, can leave lasting emotional scars. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety or depression are common after such experiences. Some need professional therapy to help them manage these effects.

Advances in deep abrasion wound treatment, such as laser therapy and silicone gels, can offer some relief and improve the appearance of road rash scars, but they are incredibly costly.

Legal guidance with your accident claim may ensure you get enough compensation to help you address these and other potential effects of a motorcycle accident.