How do I know if my road rash is infected?

If you’ve ever been thrown from your motorcycle during an accident, you may have experienced one of the most common injuries: road rash. This condition occurs when the driver is dragged across the ground or slides over a hard, rough surface. The harsh contact with the pavement can cause serious skin abrasions. Many believe that road rash is a minor injury that heals easily; however, it can be extremely painful and expensive to treat, especially if the abrasion becomes infected.

Signs of Infection After Road Rash

Road rash is ‘graded’ much like burns are—by severity. You can experience first-, second-, or third-degree road rash. And if you don’t seek medical attention quickly, the more serious, painful, and costly it can be to treat. Here are some signs that your road rash might be infected:  

  • Pain and increased swelling
  • Redness
  • Bleeding
  • A fever for more than a few hours
  • Increased drainage from the wound
  • The area of the wound seems bigger or is spreading
  • The wound smells bad
  • The wound is not healing

Any open wound like road rash can become infected. And scrapes that might contain bacteria from dirt and gravel are more susceptible. That’s why it’s important to seek medical attention, even if you believe your road rash is minor.

Compensation for Motorcycle Injuries That Aren’t Your Fault

If you were in a motorcycle accident and experienced road rash, and you believe your injuries were caused by the negligence of another driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, time lost from work, and the pain you’ve suffered.  

The attorneys of Johnson and Gilbert want to help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at 800.556.8890 to learn how.