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Serious injuries can be caused by abrasion in a motorcycle crash

If someone pulls out in front of you while you're riding your motorcycle and you slam into the side of the car, you can suffer tons of serious injuries, from internal lacerations to broken bones to a traumatic brain injury. But what if you swerve to avoid the wreck or fly over the car, striking nothing but the road's surface? Is that going to leave you with only minor injuries?

It could, but the reality is that very serious injuries can be caused by abrasion all on its own. This isn't even counting the damage done by the impact itself.

Abrasion is the action of the road's surface rubbing against your skin. It's the reason that many riders wear heavy leather jackets, even in the summer.

Generally speaking, this "road rash" could tear away a millimeter of skin or the flesh below for each mile-per-hour you are traveling over 30 MPH. That means that, if you're only going around 44 miles per hour, you could still lose around 1.4 centimeters. That's more than half an inch.

As most bikers know, traveling at 44 miles per hour is also pretty uncommon. On the interstate, the speed limit is 70 miles per hour. A crash there could chew through an inch and a half of skin and the muscle below.

You can see that these injuries could be incredibly serious, to put it lightly, and could land you in the hospital for a long time. You could suffer life-long injuries and scars that never fully heal.

After an accident, when there are high costs from medical bills and the like, you need to know your rights to compensation in North Carolina.

Source: Ride Apart, "A Beginners Guide to Motorcycle Gear," accessed Dec. 30, 2015

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