Road Rash Is More Than a Rash: The Serious Complications Associated With Road Rash

If you are reading this article, you have likely been hurt during a motorcycle accident in Virginia Beach or know someone who has. Due to the nature of a motorcycle crash, a common injury seen in accident victims is road rash.

What many people don't understand is how serious road rash can be. More than a scraped up elbow or knee, the injury can affect:

  • Multiple layers of skin
  • Underlying muscles and ligaments
  • Bones

Types of Road Rash Injuries
As with many injuries, the severity of road rash—also known as road burn—can vary. Road rash is generally categorized in the following way:

  • Avulsion injuries – This is a typical road burn seen after a motorcycle accident. The skin is scraped away, sometimes showing the underlying fat, muscle and—in the most severe cases—bone.
  • Scrapes – These scrapes are serious enough to warrant stitches. Repairing this type of wound can require not only stitches to close the skin, but skin grafts as well.
  • Compression injuries – Here, a part of the body is caught between two objects. These two objects are most commonly the motorcycle and the ground. This injury can damage the skin—causing road rash—and can cause bruising, internal bleeding, muscle damage and broken bones.


Clearly, road rash is not always as simple as cleaning the wound and moving on with your life. Often times, our Virginia Beach motorcycle accident attorneys have helped clients with road rash who have undergone multiple reconstructive surgeries.

If you have been hurt during a motorcycle crash in Virginia Beach, you may have the right to much higher compensation than the insurance company is offering. Call 757.625.1214 to speak with a Virginia Beach motorcycle accident lawyer who will fight hard to defend your rights; get you and your family the compensation you deserve.