Car accidents, especially those that involve wide vehicles, are dangerous and destructive to both the machine and the people involved. However, that does not mean that smaller vehicles like motorcycles or bicycles are any safer. In fact, due to their compact frame, they are susceptible to more damage. The rider is also at risk because the vehicle is open, thus he is more vulnerable to getting thrown out of the bike or bumping his head on a lamp post or any road obstruction.
A common injury that can be acquired from motorcycle or bike accidents is a road rash. This type of scratch is caused by the friction between the road and the rider's skin. This usually happens when a biker fails to brake or the rider loses control, causing the bike to fall. The rider hits and skids on the ground, which produces friction and eventually, the abrasion.
In treating a road rash injury, there are two ways that are usually done: the traditional and modern. Depending on the injured person's preference, any of the two methods may work. However, doing steps from both methods is not a bad idea, just as long as you don't neglect the wound while it is still open.
- For initial cleaning, clean the wound with a mild soap and rinse with water.
Once at home, remove any figments of concrete or rock on the wound that may have gotten in during the accident. Scrub it gently if necessary.
- Wash it again with body-temperature water, or water that is neither too hot nor cold. Newly-acquired road rash is sensitive to both extreme temperatures.
- Apply antibiotic ointment. This will prevent the scab from becoming stiff and cracking when you move.
- Apply dressing on the wound. You may use a clean gauze bandage or any semi-permeable bandage to cover it, which should be changed every few days.
- Keep the rash moist so it will heal faster. It can also improve tissue formation and protect the wound against infection.
- Pay a visit to the physician in case you need a better treatment.
- Learn how to handle a bike or any other vehicle properly.
- Observe traffic rules.
- Wear the proper safety gear.
- Observe and familiarize yourself with the road you are passing through.
- Bring any material that you may use to clean the wound, just in case you meet an accident along the way.