Pennsylvanian motorcyclists often face unique dangers on the road. They are less covered than drivers of other vehicles. They have less protection. Because of that, crashes are often deadlier for them. They also face unique injuries that are less common for drivers of covered vehicles. One of these injuries is road rash.

Healthline looks at how road rash happens in the first place. It involves the abrasion of skin on a rough surface. In cases involving motorcyclists, a fall means uncovered skin skids across pavement. Motorcyclists often travel at fast speeds. Though it is common safety knowledge to cover your body while riding, not everyone does this. Any piece of exposed skin is at risk for road rash if you fall.

Road rash falls into three categories of severity. This includes mild, moderate and severe. The severity of your injury depends on several factors. This includes:

  • How fast you were going
  • If you wore thin clothes or did not cover up well
  • The state of the road you drove on
  • How you ended up launched from the motorcycle
  • How hard you hit the ground

The faster you go and the harder someone hits you, the worse the injury will be. If you were not covered well, you will also likely suffer from more damage than if you had been covering up.

Unfortunately, not all road rash injuries are avoidable. Even if you follow these safety tips, you cannot predict if you will get into a crash. You cannot predict the severity of this crash. But taking these precautionary measures can help keep you a little safer.