Road Rash in Motorcycle Accidents
Road rash, a type of injury that can be sustained in a motorcycle accident, happens when a driver or passenger is ejected or dragged by their motorcycle, making contact with the roadway or pavement. Aside from being extremely painful, road rash can also lead to other complications like disfigurement, infections, or even the amputation of a limb. When another motorist has caused these devastating injuries through careless actions, he or she should be held legally accountable. The Miami motorcycle accident attorneys at our Law Offices of Robert Dixon help motorcyclists pursue proper legal action against those liable for road rash injuries.
We can assist in investigating the circumstances leading up to an accident, filing insurance claims, gathering evidence, and reaching a resolution that serves the best interests of our clients. Our firm offers seasoned legal guidance to people in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties, as well as throughout the South Florida area. If you are a motorcyclist who has suffered road rash injuries due to a negligent driver, contact our office today to arrange a free consultation to discuss your possible legal claims.Road Rash Injuries
Road rash is a kind of burn injury that causes victims to sustain bruises and scrapes, leading to rashes that peel away skin. This injury can also result in avulsion, which occurs when skin separates, and it can cause separation of muscle and fat as well. Compression injuries are also common with road rash, which can include broken bones and fractures, arising from a victim's limbs being caught between a motorcycle and the ground. Treatment for road rash injuries can involve stitches for any open wounds, as well as skin grafting in severe cases. In the most extreme situations, the amputation of a limb or permanent nerve damage can occur. Even with more minor road rash injuries, victims may develop infections that lead to painful recovery periods, as well as time missed from work. When another motorist has caused these injuries, he or she can be held liable for a victim's losses in a personal injury claim.Holding Negligent Motorists Accountable
Motorcycle collisions that lead to road rash injuries are often due to another motorist's negligence. Many drivers do not pay attention to a motorcyclist's right to share the road, and in the process, they may create dangerous conditions for all road users. Personal injury cases can be pursued by motorcycle riders, including injured passengers, who need financial assistance to aid in their recovery, since insurance limits are often not enough to cover their costs. These claims are based on the legal theory of negligence, which requires a showing that the victim was owed a duty of reasonable care, and that duty was breached by another person's actions, which caused the victim's road rash injury and resulted in damages. All motorists have a duty to act as a reasonable and prudent person would on the roadways. Breaches of this duty could include drivers distracted by their phones, speeding, or failing to check oncoming traffic before a turn, among other examples. Once fault is established, victims can be awarded damages for past and future medical expenses, loss of income, diminished earning capacity, and pain and suffering if permanent, catastrophic injuries such as disfigurement occur. In the aftermath of a serious motorcycle accident, it is important to consult a knowledgeable injury attorney who can assist in making sure that the proper evidence is collected in order to preserve your legal rights.Contact a Motorcycle Crash Lawyer in the Miami Area
Road rash injuries are more than just uncomfortable, and they can have lasting effects on a rider, especially in situations in which a motorcycle rolls over. The Miami attorneys at our Law Offices of Robert Dixon help victims of motorcycle collisions seek compensation from negligent parties. If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash and would like to know more about your legal options, call (877) 499-4878 or contact us online today to schedule a consultation. We represent people in the areas around Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach.