Some motorcyclists joke that it’s only a matter of time before even the most experienced riders end up in a crash. We all know the safety risks of getting on a motorcycle, and unfortunately those risks could easily lead to an accident. If you recently got into an accident on your motorcycle, you’re probably wondering if it’s worth it to get back on the bike.
Getting back on the bike following an accident can certainly be difficult. You may have lost some of your confidence as a rider, or have residual anxiety about ending up in another accident. But selling your motorcycle isn’t the answer. Keep reading to find out what you should do after an accident, and how to keep the crash from ruining your hobby forever.
Overcoming your fear
Some riders can get into an accident and be ready to ride again the next day. For others, however, once you have laid down your motorcycle it may take some time to pick it back up. You might lose confidence in the bike itself, or in your ability as a rider. If you’re feeling intense fear or guilt around riding, it may be indicative of a larger issue like PTSD. If those feelings persist, speak to a therapist or psychiatrist to pursue treatment.
However, if you’re concerned with the bike, there are easier ways to get over the insecurity. Arm yourself with appropriate and quality safety gear for full protection. If you were wearing all the right gear during your accident and it was not enough, perhaps it’s time for an upgrade. You may also want to upgrade your bike or invest in repairs, depending on how it held up following the accident. If you need to replace the bike altogether, take a look at one with some improved safety features like ABS brakes.
Getting back on the road after a motorcycle accident is as much of a psychological strain as it is a physical one. Assuring your mind and body are healthy and protected before hitting the road can help reduce the anxiety you feel as well as the risk of another accident. Riding with a group is another great way to build your confidence and comfort back up following a bad crash.
If you or a loved one has been in a motorcycle accident and are wondering how to proceed, don’t worry. There is a wealth of psychological, medical, and legal support available to you if you know how to fight for it. At Inland Empire Motorcycle law, our attorneys are experienced with reaching settlements and jury verdicts successfully for our clients. Our team is standing by to help you receive the compensation you deserve to make your transition back onto the road as smooth as possible.