Local celebrity Jesse James Dupree is convalescing at his residence after a motorcycle accident on Route 411 near the Georgia-Alabama state line, just below Rome, Georgia. Dupree is the lead singer of the band Jackyl which was formed in Kennesaw, Georgia and also the co-star of Full Throttle Saloon on Tru-TV.
Dupree was hit by a vehicle and suffered a broken left ankle and foot, fractured right arm, a severe case of road rash and significant bruising to his lower back, according to a press release issued by his publicist. He is expected to make a full recovery.
Located in Sturgis, South Dakota, the Full Throttle Saloon is a 30-acre indoor/outdoor bar and features several large stages, a tattoo parlor, zip lines, a wrestling ring, restaurants, shopping, cabins for rent and plenty of parking for bikes. The bar is open annually for two weeks during the yearly Sturgis rally.
Road rash injuries are typically caused by motorcycle and bicycle crashes caused by your body’s contact with pavement or gravel. Naturally, the higher your speed the greater the force that will throw you off the bike or motorcycle. The resulting injury can be quite severe though typically not life threatening; however these abrasions are painful and may leave some permanent scarring.
Not dissimilar to burn injuries, there are three degrees of harm linked to road rash accidents: First degree road rash affects the first layer of the skin and easily treated. Clean the wound thoroughly with hydrogen peroxide or warm water and soap. Allow it to dry, scab and it should heal on its own.
Second degree road rash occurs when the first layer skin breaks. Again, cleaning immediately and often is vital to your recovery. If any debris from the road has entered your skin, it is best to see a professional provider. Additionally, doctors may need to stitch the lesion or trim out excess skin, which can be common.
Third degree injuries are quite serious. The wound penetrates the first layer of skin, often exposing tissue, fat and even more severely, bone. Seek medical attention immediately; you may require skin grafting or hospitalization.
There are precautions you can take to protect yourself from road rash. Here are some tips that you can follow:
Always wear a helmet. Headgear that covers the entire face is also recommended if traveling at higher speeds. Motorcyclists should also wear protective clothing; Investing in a quality leather jacket, a good pair of gloves and chaps is strongly recommended.
Lastly, obey traffic laws; speeding is the main cause of road rash accidents. Learn proper bike handling to avoid bike or motorcycle accidents. As in my previous post, there are many motorcycle academies throughout the Atlanta Metro area. Going back to school could save your life.
Injuries sustained in motorcycle crashes are often sustained due to the negligence of drivers on our roads. If you or a loved one has been injured or has suffered a fatality in a motorcycle crash, we have the expertise and experience in motorcycle injury cases to help you recover. Please contact our Duluth and Atlanta metro area injury law firm for a free consultation. As a highly-respected motorcycle injury and wrongful death attorney, Charles Scholle has the expertise to help guide you and your family.