Motorcycle Burns

Motorcycle burns are one of the leading motorcycle related injuries. Motorcycle burns may refer to either motorcycle road rash or burns that occur from overheating parts of the engine. In some cases, the problem may be related to a faulty manufacturing technique. When this is the issue, the manufacturers of the particular model may be held responsible. Motorcycle road rash is a term describing abrasion from the pavement from a motorcycle accident.

Both issues have an extensive range of severity. Most cases of either are not debilitating, although severe cases of motorcycle road rash can cause long-term and sometimes permanent effects. An abrasion like that which occurs from road rash can remove several layers of skin, exposing deeper layers of skin or fat, muscle, and other tissues. Cases like this are referred to as “third degree” severity. Severe cases also have other risks involved, such as infection or complications which can result in death.

Motorcycle Burns from Riding

When there are defective parts built into a motorcycle, the risk of a motorcycle burn increases drastically. However, these types of motorcycle burns can still occur on a motorcycle that is in good working order, as well. This is part of the reason why motorcycle licensing requires some training. Before receiving their motorcycle license, motorcyclists must be taught motorcycle safety and treatment for injuries, such as motorcycle burns.

Second degree motorcycle burns are considerably common. Motorcycle burns are most likely to occur within the first few months after obtaining their license. After a short time, motorcyclists learn how to avoid this problem. For example, one simple trick to avoid motorcycle burns is to wear long pants while riding. Motorcycle burns typically occur from getting a leg too close to the body of the motorcycle. The muffler is a particularly common problem area for motorcycle burns.

Motorcycle Burn Treatment

For second degree motorcycle burns or less severe motorcycle burns, there are a variety of different over-the-counter treatments, such as burn creams. Although, it is advised that anything worse than first degree motorcycle burns receive professional treatment as quickly as possible. Most second degree motorcycle burns heal easily without medical treatment, but some treatments may be more involved. Very severe motorcycle burns require skin grafting, hospitalization, and physical therapy. Pain medication can also be prescribed to help alleviate the physical discomfort from motorcycle burns. Most motorcycle burns are usually completely healed after one month.
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