Road rash is a term used for scrapes, and abrasions of the skin that you get when your skin comes in contact with the ground during an accident.
If your face makes contact with the road as your body is still moving, it is going to hurt. The skin is scraped and broken. It looks red, and it stings. It is painful, and it can happen on any part of the body.
When a person suffers road rash in a motorcycle accident, you can expect to see large areas of road-rash skin on the face, back, stomach, legs, arms, feet, and hands. The more serious the accident, the more extensive the road rash.
Is Road Rash Serious?
In most cases, road rash is not serious, it is painful, and it takes 2-3 weeks to heal. This seems like a long time when you are dealing with wide areas of skin that are torn and scraped.
The pain is worse when you spray it with water, apply soap, and rub it with a cloth. It stings when you sweat, and the perspiration gets on the open skin.
It may stick to your clothing which makes dressing and undressing uncomfortable. But, it should heal.
But Can You Sue?
Any time you suffer pain due to the negligence of someone else, you can sue. However, in most cases, your attorney can reach a settlement agreement with the insurance companies for minor injuries. Road-rash by itself would be considered a minor injury.
However, it is rare that a victim of a motorcycle accident “only” suffers from road-rash. While, your attorney may not pursue legal avenues for road rash on its own, as part of a list of injuries, it takes on a different light.
The traumatic experience of being in a motorcycle accident and having your body dragged across a couple of miles of hot asphalt might lead to stress, depression, anxiety, and fear. The weeks of continual pain remind the victim of the trauma, causing the injury to feel worse.
When you combine these injuries with the pain and suffering you experienced, and the loss of wages, property damages, and medical costs, you certainly do have enough damages to sue.
An Attorney Looks Out For Your Best Interest
No one wants to be in an accident. No one wants to be hurt, afraid, and to have their lives disrupted and put on hold. No one wants to fight for what should be freely given to someone that was the victim of another person.
Your Coeur d’Alene motorcycle accident lawyer will make every effort to get the fair and honest settlement you are entitled to. He or she will present your case and ask for what is reasonable.
The insurance companies involved have the option to settle for a reasonable settlement or to take it to the next level, which is the court system. This is why you hired an attorney. This is what they do, and they do it well.
While you may want to settle the whole thing and be done with it, you have to trust that your attorney will act in your best interest. If everyone is willing to behave fairly, then a lawsuit will not be necessary. If not, then relax, and let your attorney do what he or she is supposed to do. They are on your side. Trust them to take care of you.