Road rash

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For the video game series, see Road Rash.
Fresh road rash and its resultant scarring one year later.

Road rash is a colloquial term for skin injury caused by abrasion with road surfaces, usually as a consequence of longboarding, cycling and motorcycling accidents. The term may be applied to both a fresh injury and the scar tissue left by an old one. The term is sometimes applied to longboarding, skateboarding, and roller skating abrasion accidents, especially those caused at high speeds (as in longboarding). Symptoms may include pain and heavy bleeding.

Motorcyclists can reduce the risks of road rash by wearing the appropriate motorcycle personal protective equipment such as a full face helmet, protective clothing, gloves and boots.


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