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Motorcycle riders should seek treatment for road rash

If you should take a spill on a motorcycle, hopefully, you will suffer no more than scrapes, which are typically referred to as "road rash." But given that you will likely be in motion when you fall, your body could skid a good distance across the pavement, leaving you with very painful abrasions.

And since your wounds will pick up dirt and other road substances, it is important to treat them as soon as possible. The following are steps to take when cleaning up road rash injuries:

  • Try to determine the extent of the damage. Check for injuries to tendons, nerves, bones and other tissues.
  • Apply pressure directly to the wound to staunch any bleeding.
  • To prevent infections, clean the wound thoroughly and remove any debris or dirt.
  • Carefully assess your injuries to determine if you need to see a doctor or get a tetanus shot.

Often, riders are hardy types who would prefer to simply brush themselves off, pick up their motorcycles and start back down the road after a fall. But typically it is best to seek medical attention whenever your body suffers the kind of trauma a motorcycle accident can cause.

But any visit to a doctor or hospital can cost money. And if when being evaluated, it is discovered that you suffered a more serious injury than you realized, you may be facing even steeper medical expenses.

If you are harmed in a motorcycle accident, it is important that you get a level of compensation that will cover your costs for care and treatment. But be careful, sometimes an insurance company may try to lowball an accident victim who files a claim. For this reason, you may want to seek the representation of a Montana personal injury attorney.

Having an attorney will let the insurance company know that you are prepared to fight for a fair settlement. That knowledge alone could influence an insurer to pay you an appropriate level of compensation with no further action.

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