Connecticut motorcyclists face unparalleled danger on the road. Because motorcycles have so little protection, crashes can be catastrophic. One injury that is not discussed often is “road rash”. What is it, and why is it so dangerous?

There are three categories of road rash: first, second and third degree. Like burns, it starts at mild and goes to severe. Mild road rash is the easiest to deal with. Outside of an initial check-in with a doctor, you can treat it at home. Be sure to keep the injury clean so it does not get infected.

Moderate and severe road rash is much harder to handle. Both of these categories involve injuries that leave permanent scarring and disfigurement. Victims often suffer from life-long nerve problems. Severe road rash can flay flesh all the way down to the bone. It can impact muscles, nerves and tendons. With severe road rash, it can affect a large percentage of the body. Because of this, victims often face a high risk of infection. It sets in fast and spreads in minutes or hours.

Victims of severe road rash may turn to skin grafts to repair the worst of the damage. Unfortunately, this does not guarantee the repair of nerve damage. It also does not return the body to its previous appearance, though it can improve scarring.

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