Now that summer is upon us in Kentucky, many Paducah area residents have taken their motorcycles out of the garage and fired them up on area roads. Riding a motorcycle is an activity that many people enjoy. Most of the time a person is able to safely share the road with other vehicles but occasionally a motorcycle accident occurs.

If a person is involved in a motorcycle accident the injuries can often be serious. Due to the lack of safety features in a motorcycle and a motorcycle operator’s exposure to the elements, even a small accident can cause significant injuries. Road rash is one of the most common injuries a motorcycle rider can face. Road rash is treatable but can be extremely painful and expensive to treat. Road rash can occur anywhere on a person’s body however the face, lower legs, shoulders, palms, knees and thighs face a higher risk.

There are three degrees to road rash. A first-degree road rash is usually minor. There can be bruises, scrapes, some redness and pain. A first-degree road rash can receive medical attention and is then treated at home. A second-degree road rash involves nerve, muscle or tendon exposure. There can be swelling and bleeding and also scarring. Medical attention is necessary. The most severe type of road rash is third-degree. An accident victim suffers from deep wounds, significant bleeding, and severe abrasions that expose bones, tendons and muscles. Typically, more than ten percent of the body is affected, and infection can set in quickly. Scarring and permanent disfigurement is common.

If a person has been involved in a motorcycle accident due to no fault of their own, they may want to speak with a legal professional who is skilled in motorcycle accidents. An attorney can investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident and help determine what happened. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, future medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost wages.