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Treating road rash after a motorcycle accident in Denver

Our Denver readers know that motorcycle accidents can be deadly. In fact, in many accidents that involve collisions between motorcycles and other vehicles on the road, it can seem like a miracle whenever a motorcyclist is able to walk away. But, in most cases, even when riders survive a motorcycle accident, they have injuries that require medical treatment. One of the most common injuries that motorcyclists suffer from is road rash.

For those who don't know, road rash refers to the scrapes and abrasions that motorcyclists can suffer due to coming into contact with the road or other surfaces during the course of a motorcycle accident. If they are lucky, motorcyclists are able to care for these injuries on their own after they are released from a medical facility, usually by keeping the wounds clean, moist and securely bandaged.

However, there are those who suffer road rash only as one part of a long list of injuries. Riders or their passengers who are injured in motorcycle accidents can suffer all forms of injuries, including broken bones, internal injuries or even brain injuries. For people who suffer these serious injuries, treatment of road rash can seem like a low priority, but the fact is that these abrasions and scrapes could still become infected if they are not treated properly.

If the road rash is not healing after a couple of weeks, there could be a chance that the injuries are more serious than anyone initially thought. It is this prolonged treatment, and possibly multiple trips to the hospital, where motorcycle accident victims can see the medical bills start to pile up. If the motorcycle accident was caused by another driver's negligence, pursuing a personal injury lawsuit could be an option to help receive compensation to cover the medical expenses.

Source: uwhealth.org, "Care of Road Rash and Abrasions," Accessed Dec. 19, 2015

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