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Standing up for bikers and pedestrians in the Middle Peninsula

Riding around Virginia, whether by motorcycle, bicycle, or ATV, is a thrilling experience, but riders should be aware of the ever-present danger of careless drivers. Over 1,500 motorcyclists and 600 bicyclists suffered serious, accident-related injuries on our roads in a recent year. Even pedestrians are not safe from negligent drivers, with over 13,000 pedestrians being injured in car accidents in Virginia around the same time.

One of the most common injuries in these accidents is road rash, which can be painful, scarring, and expensive. If you have tried to file claim with the other driver’s insurance company, you likely have had your injuries labeled “minor” and were offered little money for your trauma.

You do not deserve to have your injuries dismissed or minimized. You deserve proper compensation, but to get it, you need to work with a dedicated personal injury lawyer.

Ken Gibson and John Singleton know firsthand what it’s like to be an injury victim. So we bring empathy and compassion to every client. We’ve experienced the frustrations our clients face — pain, suffering, fear, difficulty dealing with insurance companies, pressure to settle without a lawyer.

That’s why we do everything possible to make the legal process easy for our clients, so they can focus on getting better. After all, you are our neighbor, not a number.

If you suffered road rash due to a negligent driver, call GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys at (804) 413-6777 or toll-free at (855) 781-6777 and tell us what happened in a free consultation.

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What causes road rash?

Road rash is a type of skin abrasion that occurs when someone slides across the ground. We have all seen someone suffer a bad scape in a bicycling accident or after a fall, but road rash is much more serious. These injuries occur at high speeds, leading to deeper wounds and more painful trauma.

When two cars collide, the people in the cars won’t suffer road rash, but it is common when cars collide with motorcycles, bicycles, mopeds, and ATVs. Most bikers wear layered, padded clothing to protect themselves, but most cyclists do not. Given that more than 39% of all bike accidents involve serious cuts and lacerations, more protective clothing could help bicyclists avoid road rash. The same could also be said for moped and ATV riders, because more than 30% of ATV accident victims suffer from road rash.

Unfortunately, high-speed accidents can still tear away thick clothing, resulting in road rash. In our experience fighting for accident victims throughout Virginia, road rash is a major risk in:

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Is road rash dangerous?

Road rash is a serious injury that should be treated as soon as possible. Riders can suffer deep lacerations during an accident, even with a thick jacket and padded clothing, which can lead to blood loss, nerve damage, and a great deal of pain. Road rash also puts a rider at risk of developing a bacterial infection due to dirt, gravel, and glass getting into the wound.

Proper medical treatment can help a biker to recover from road rash, but there may be some lasting issues. The skin may grow back scarred, or the patient may require a skin graft to fully repair the damage. If the damage extends to a nerve, the patient may have mobility issues or chronic pain.

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What should I do if I suffered road rash?

Minor cuts and scrapes can be treated with basic first aid, but serious injuries should always be reviewed by a doctor. After a crash, riders should not hesitate to go to the emergency room. If you suffered severe road rash, a doctor can determine how bad the damage is and prescribe treatment.

Road rash is typically treated by cleaning the wound, closing it with stitches, wrapping it in bandages, and starting a course of antibiotics. More serious injuries may require additional care, such as skin grafts or laser treatment to remove scars, as well as surgery to repair damaged nerves. Riders should keep their wounds bandaged and clean until they are fully healed. Follow up with a doctor if you experience skin irritations or fevers, as these may be a sign of an infection.

In the long term, serious road rash is expensive to treat. Alongside emergency medical care, any nerve damage may lead to mobility issues, paralysis, and chronic pain. Even if the damage is only superficial, reconstructive treatment may be necessary to repair a disfigurement or scar. At the end of the day, a single accident can devour your savings.

If a negligent driver caused your injuries, you may be able to recover compensation in a personal injury claim. Sadly, the other driver’s insurance company is unlikely to offer you the full costs of your injuries. Insurance companies can be biased against bikers, and many will try to blame you for your injuries. To get the money you need to heal after an accident, you need to work with a knowledgeable and compassionate attorney who will fight smart on your behalf.

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Who should I talk to about my accident?

At GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, we have seen too many riders suffer from painful road rash as a result of negligent drivers. We know just how costly these injuries are and how difficult it is to get full compensation from an insurance company. But we also know how insurance companies think and how to fight against their underhanded tactics to get riders the money they need to heal.

At GibsonSingleton, we serve our neighbors in Virginia and work to prevent personal injuries from happening by sharing information with the community. But when a serious accident happens, we consider it a calling to help those who are hurt.

If you suffered road rash due to a negligent driver, reach out to our Virginia personal injury legal team today. We can sit down with you in a free consultation, and prepare a plan to get you full compensation. We work on a contingency-fee basis, meaning you do not have to pay any upfront costs for our services. We only get paid if we win you compensation.

To talk about what happened to you and receive outstanding guidance, call GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys at (804) 413-6777 or toll-free at (855) 781-6777.

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Prevention, empathy, and diligence are hallmarks of everything we do at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys. Our community can see these ideals lived out in our work to prevent personal injuries from happening.

  • Safety Education
    GibsonSingleton launches “Texts=Wrecks” campaign to reduce the number of people injured or killed by distracted drivers.
  • Annual Coat Drive
    During the fall, our team works to distribute coats to people in need in our community.
  • Hands-on Service
    John and Ken join the Gloucester Point Rotary Club in cleaning up the community.
  • Supporting Local Schools
    The Gibson family participates in Gloucester’s Botetourt Elementary Shuffle fundraiser.
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