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Motorcycle accidents: what is West Virginia road rash?

Many West Virginians know that the beautiful weather and gorgeous scenery in our state can make it perfect for riding a motorcycle. Residents often take to their bikes during the spring, summer and fall as a way to unwind, relax and perhaps, even save money on fuel expenses. However, with the benefits of riding a motorcycle also come risks. Distracted, unaware and otherwise negligent drivers can strike motorcyclists, leaving them with serious, sometimes life-threatening injuries. When this happens, legal action may be warranted to recover damages.

One common injury associated with motorcycle accidents is road rash. These injuries rub or tear skin away, often from bony parts of the body, such as knees, elbows, hands, shins and forearms. Road rash that affects the face or other parts of the head may bleed significantly because of the large blood supply to that area of the body. In these instances, one should be sure to control the bleeding as quickly as possible, as this will allow him or her to better assess the seriousness of the injury.

Scrapes, caused by road rash, can be extremely painful because they often affect a large area of the skin, exposing numerous nerve endings. Coping with such injuries may require medical care, treatment and a rehabilitation plan. Additionally, a victim may have to miss work for a period of time until he or she recovers, which means he or she may have to forego wages.

Those who have suffered harm in a motorcycle accident caused by a negligent party may be able to recoup their losses. By filing a personal injury lawsuit, a victim may be awarded money to help cover medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. Those who feel they were wrongly hurt by the errant driving of another may wish to speak with a legal professional to determine which legal routes are available to them.

Source: WebMD.com, "Scrapes," accessed on Aug. 15, 2015

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