How to treat road rash
Road rash is a common injury for cyclists and motorcyclists. It is caused when you are thrown from your bike and your skin is severely grazed by the road. You can limit the chances of sustaining road rash by being more careful about what you choose to wear on your bike or motorcycle.
Leather, denim and good quality gloves will help to prevent, or at least ease, the severity of road rash. You should always be wearing a helmet, whether you are on a motorbike or a standard bicycle. If you do have an accident and suffer from road rash, here are the ways in which you can treat it:
- Check the severity of the injury. If there is a lot of blood or you feel that you may also have broken a bone, you should call the emergency services. In either of these situations it is far more critical to treat other injuries than your road rash.
- Wash the area thoroughly with water. At this point it is best to avoid soap or anything which may irritate the wound. One of the things which can be most dangerous about road rash is that there may be dirt and grit embedded in the wound from the road. If this does not come out then it can get infected and cause problems later on, so make sure that you have cleaned the wound as thoroughly as possible.
- Use antibacterial cream. Once you are sure that the wound is completely clean, dry it with a soft cloth (being careful to avoid anything with loose fibres which could become trapped in the wound) and apply antibacterial cream or gel to keep the wound clean and safe from infection.
- Cover the wound. Use a soft, non-adhesive dressing to cover the wound so that it is kept clean and safe from foreign objects which could later cause infection. Remove this dressing at least once a day to clean the area again and make sure that it is healing.
If you need injury experts in Ryton
If your accident was not your fault and you have sustained road rash, you may be entitled to claim compensation with the help of injury experts in Ryton. Any accident which is caused by someone else acting negligently entitles you to personal injury compensation, and injury experts in Ryton will be able to put together a case for you so that you receive the compensation that you deserve.
Accident Advice Helpline have over 15 years’ experience in the field of personal injury compensation claims and will be able to team you with the most dedicated injury experts in Ryton to make your case for you. The helpline is open 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 and the team will walk you through your claim so that you can be sure of getting the best service.
Date Published: 4th November 2013
Author: David Brown