Treating road rash
Although owning a motorbike doesn’t necessarily mean that you are going to be injured, it is likely that over the time you own your bike you will have a few minor spills or incidents. Road rash is very common amongst motorcyclists, as falling from your bike at any kind of speed will cause you to graze along the floor. Road rash is basically the skin abrasions that come from this happening, and although it isn’t life threatening it can be very painful. Here are some ways to avoid and treat road rash.
Wear the right clothing
Although clothing only provides minimal protection against road rash, wearing enough protective layers can greatly minimise the trauma of the injury. Remember that clothing such as denim and leather will protect you better than lycra or skin-baring outfits. You should also think about getting yourself some good quality leather gloves, as these will protect your hands and wrists.
As a preventative measure this may seem counter-productive, baring more skin to prevent injury. However, if you do suffer road rash it will be much easier to treat if the area is smooth and easy to get to. This is the reason many cyclists shave their legs.
Clean the wound
The first thing to do if you do have road rash is thoroughly clean the wound. This will prevent infection and stop the injury from becoming any worse. It is critical that the wound is as clean as possible so that you don’t get an infection. If the wound is larger than your hand, you should think about going to A&E so that a doctor can treat it properly. Clean the wound with mild antibacterial soap, lots of water and a soft cloth.
Dress the wound
To prevent further infection and make the wound less likely to rub on clothing or anything else, you should dress it until it has started to heal. Use a thin coating of antibacterial lotion and gauze to dress the wound. Don’t use adhesive plasters or dressings, as this will hurt and may make the injury worse. You can also find hydrocolloid dressings, which can be placed on the skin and left alone until they fall off once the injury in completely healed.
When to find an injury lawyer in Malton
If you are suffering from road rash as a result of an accident which wasn’t your fault, then you may want to find an injury lawyer in Malton and make a compensation claim against the other person. The best way to find a good injury lawyer in Malton is to speak to Accident Advice Helpline. We have over 15 years’ experience in the field of personal injury compensation claims and will be able to provide you with a dedicated injury lawyer in Malton who will work on a 100% no win no fee* basis to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. Just call 0800 689 0500 to speak to the team and get your claim started.
Date Published: 12th October 2013
Author: David Brown