young man lying in hospital bedEveryone who rides a motorcycle knows how unforgiving the road can be. Accidents happen, and they can happen fast. Even when you do everything right, another driver’s negligence can still bring you down. When your skin hits the pavement, it can result in road rash, a painful, potentially debilitating condition that sometimes demands hospitalization and years of physical recovery.

Motorcycle Accidents and Road Rash

“Road rash” may not sound serious, but it can actually be life-threatening. It happens when someone hits pavement, gravel, or concrete and sustains abrasions, cuts, or bruising from the force and friction of impact.

If you fell off your motorcycle after being hit by another driver and then rolled or skidded across the pavement, the force of contact can:

  • Scrape your skin off
  • Compress parts of your body, trapping them between two different surfaces, such as the roadway and your motorcycle
  • Cause an open wound, which may necessitate surgery or skin grafts

In a worst-case scenario, road rash can cause a serious infection and leave a motorcyclist in the hospital for months, undergoing painful, expensive surgeries and struggling to regain control of their body.

Why You Need a Lawyer

Sometimes road rash is scarcely noticeable and can be treated at home. But when your motorcycle accident puts you in the hospital, you may need intensive treatment and physical rehabilitation.

If you were hurt by another driver’s negligence, our motorcycle accident attorney can help you get back the money you spent on motorcycle repairs, road rash treatment, and lost income, while fighting to compensate you for your pain, suffering, and hardship. You should never have to pay out of pocket for your recovery.

However, the other driver’s insurance company will do everything they can to limit your recovery. They might give you enough money to pay for your hospital visit but refuse to cover your physical rehabilitation. A personal injury attorney knows how to deal with aggressive insurance companies, as well as motorists who broke the law by not carrying any insurance at all.

Contact Us Today

If you were hurt in a Missouri motorcycle accident, contact the Law Office of Layton & Southard to schedule your free initial consultation.