Road rash is a fact of life for bikers. No matter how much gear you use, eventually you are going to put the bike down and experience the painful rash that the road loves to throw our way. As motorcycle crash lawyers, we advise that if you have been in an accident, especially one involving another driver, that you visit the hospital as soon as possible for a proper evaluation. It’s easy to try to forget the pain, but not receiving proper treatment may end up misconstrued as a signal that you weren’t hurt. In such cases, it’s always important to be seen by a doctor as soon as possible.
It is important to remember that although we are experienced motorcycle injury lawyers and bikers ourselves, we are not physicians, so if in doubt, get it checked out!
Treatment for Road Rash
First, thoroughly rinse the area with a clean liquid, preferably saline. Alcohol and hydrogen peroxide will aggravate the area. The saline will allow for road debris to leave the body without so much pain and damage to other nearby tissues. You can get a wound cleaner soap or spray from a nearby pharmacy, but in a pinch, a mild soap can work as well.
Invest in some non-stick gauze pads, easy to remove tape, and an antibiotic ointment. Use the ointment liberally on any reddened areas. This will allow your body to heal and keep an infection from setting in. For deeper wounds, Duoderm is a leak-proof bandage that allows your wound to heal from the inside out. Remember to change bandages on a daily basis or as prescribed by your physician.
It is important with any open cut to monitor for healing. If you notice increased redness, swelling or puffiness, a fever, swollen lymph nodes, or a foul smelling odor coming from the road rash, it’s best to see a doctor right away. You may have an infection and need antibiotics in order to recover.
No one wants to deal with road rash, which is why most of us take proper precautions with gear. But when it does occur, it’s important to treat it right away and not ignore it. We’ve all been there and worn that badge- and you’ll have yet another story to tell!
Enjoy the ride, use your gear, and if you ever need a motorcycle crash lawyer, remember the experienced team of biker attorneys at 1-800-MOTORCYCLE.