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3 skin-related injuries in motorcycle accidents

On Behalf of | Jun 3, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accident

Motorcycle accidents can result in various bodily injuries, some of which may have life-changing implications. Due to their lack of protective barriers, riders are particularly vulnerable to skin-related injuries.

If you suffered skin injury in a motorcycle accident due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to claim compensation by filing a personal injury claim. Serious skin-related injuries in a motorcycle accident may include the following.

1. Road rash

When a motorcycle rider skids across the pavement during a crash, the friction between their skin and the road surface can cause road rash. This type of injury involves abrasions and lacerations that can range from minor scrapes to deep tissue wounds, depending on factors such as speed, duration of contact and protective gear worn. Road rash injuries are not only extremely painful but can also cause complications such as infection, scarring and long-term discomfort.

2. Degloving injury

A potentially devastating skin-related injury in motorcycle accidents is a degloving injury. This occurs when the skin is forcibly separated from the underlying tissue, often due to the sheer force of impact or entanglement with the motorcycle or surrounding objects. Degloving injuries can result in extensive damage to the skin, nerves, blood vessels and muscles, requiring immediate medical attention. These injuries often lead to significant pain, disfigurement and long-term impairment of function.

3. Contusions and hematomas

During a motorcycle accident, the rider may sustain contusions and hematomas, which are bruises and collections of blood under the skin, respectively. These injuries occur as a result of blunt force trauma from impacts with objects or the motorcycle itself. Contusions and hematomas can vary in size and severity, causing pain, swelling and discoloration of the skin. 

If you are considering filing a personal injury claim, legal guidance can help ensure that your case is airtight and that you receive the compensation you deserve.