Road rash

Road rash or gravel rash is one of the most common types of motorcycle-related injuries. This is where the skin is badly scraped by highly abrasive asphalt surfaces, as a motorcyclist slides along the ground following a crash.

Road rash

How painful is road rash?

Road rash can affect any part of the body and there are varying levels of severity. Light road rash, affecting the top of layer skin, can be easily treated and usually heals quickly. More severe road rash that penetrates through to the second layer of skin and even into the layer of fat beneath the skin can be incredibly painful and take months to heal. Treatments include bandaging, skin grafts and reconstructive surgeries.

Although it is very common, it is one of the easiest motorcycle injuries to avoid, simply by wearing proper protective motorcycle clothing, including gloves and boots.

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