For a variety of reasons, getting back on your motorcycle after an accident can be a very difficult process and one accompanied with great anxiety. Once you’ve identified the source of your anxiety, you will be better equipped to resolve those issues and get back on the road.
Fear is a primary deterrent to getting back on your motorcycle after an accident. Riders may fear experiencing a similar type of accident or re-living the pain and injuries associated with it.
Injuries are another factor. Certain injuries may make it painful, or physically impossible, to return to riding as soon as you might like. However, the best advice is to get back on your bike as soon as you recover from any injuries you might have sustained.
After an accident, you may question your ability to ride. Low self-esteem can, not only make it difficult to get back on your bike, but also increase your odds of being in another accident. Staying off your bike for too long will give your insecurities time to take hold and trash your self-confidence.
First and foremost, if your helmet hit the ground in the crash, you will need to replace it. A helmet is a one-trick pony, and will be ineffective in another collision. Also inspect your leathers, armor, boots, or any other personal protective gear that might have been compromised in the accident.
Have a mechanic inspect your bike before hitting the road. Even if there is no obvious damage, your bike could have suffered a bent chassis or tweaked forks – damage that will make your bike an accident waiting to happen.
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It’s perfectly natural to be nervous the first time you get back on the bike. To ease your nerves, try short, familiar rides with little or no traffic, and gradually build your confidence. Avoid situations that are similar to the accident scene. For example, if you crashed in the rain, ride on a sunny day. If you crashed on the highway, ride in town.
Don’t be too tough on yourself. How quickly you recover your confidence and riding skills will depend on several factors. Your level of experience, the severity of any injuries you might have sustained, and the extent of your mental and physical recovery will all affect how soon you’re riding again.
You are now ready to face your demons. If your accident was caused by a certain set of circumstances or conditions, try confronting those circumstances. Whether it was heavy traffic, a challenging track, or bad weather, get back out there and conquer your fears.
Contact Our Pueblo Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it can be difficult to recover and resume your normal life. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney can help you through this difficult time and ensure that you have the money you need to handle all of your problems after an accident. Call Pueblo attorneys at Smith & Smith, today for a FREE CONSULTATION – (719) 544-0062.