How to Pursue Compensation for Road Burn

Riding a bike in Atlanta traffic can be daunting, as you can encounter distracted drivers, drivers who don't look out for bicycle riders, and drivers who are speeding. You may be a careful bicycle rider, but it only takes one distracted, negligent driver to crash into your bike and send you to the ground. Severe injuries, including road burns, broken and fractured limbs, neck and back injuries, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and even death, can occur as a result of a car and bicycle collision in Atlanta. A bicyclist has a greater amount of danger and usually sustains more serious injuries during a crash than a motorist.

  • One of the most common types of injuries that cyclists sustain in bicycle accidents is road burn. This injury also is referred to as road rash, and it occurs when a rider is thrown from a bicycle. When a bicycle rider is thrown to the ground, friction between the pavement and the rider's skin creates a burn.

  • Wearing protective clothing can help, but it does not prevent road burn in all cases. These types of injuries can range from mild to severe, and cause much pain. If you sustain a road rash or burn from an Atlanta bicycle crash, then you should seek medical care immediately. The rash will need to be properly cleaned and treated, or may require stitches to heal properly and prevent infections.

  • Avulsion injuries are typically a more serious type of road burn. Medical attention is needed with this type of injury, since the burn most likely scraped away the skin and made the fat and muscles visible. Treatment for this type of injury may require skin grafts or stitches in order to heal properly.

  • You should seek medical attention, even if you don't think your road burn is a major injury. Even the tiniest scrape or cut can become infected. Also, seeing a medical professional to document your injuries can benefit your case if you pursue a lawsuit.

Medical costs can add up quickly, and you may find yourself unable to pay for everything. You need to contact a lawyer immediately after your bicycle and car accident. If a driver was negligent, then you may be able to seek damages for medical care, ongoing treatment, time away from work, and more. Contact Kalka & Baer LLC today at (404) 907-1594 to speak to our legal team.