After a motorcycle accident, you may be reluctant to get back on the road. Depending on the severity of your accident, you may be dealing with injuries, rehabilitation and post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD). A traumatizing accident can cause many riders to quit riding altogether, but if you want to build back your confidence and get back on your bike, here are a few things you can do to safely start riding again.
If you’ve been injured, you first need to recover. Don’t try to get back on your motorcycle too soon. Receive the proper treatment for all your injuries, go through any rehabilitation you may need and get clearance from your doctor before hopping back onto your bike. You’ll also want to contact a personal injury attorney who can assist you throughout the entire after-accident process, handle your medical bills and help you recover money for your injuries.
Not all injuries are physical in nature. A very serious motorcycle accident can cause PTSD. PTSD happens after a person experiences a traumatic event and may cause the person to frequently relive the event, have nightmares, cause insomnia and make him or her prone to avoiding things that remind them of the trauma they have experienced. There are ways of treating PTSD including therapy and medication, but riders affected by PTSD may stop riding all together. Always get proper advice from medical professionals and don’t force yourself back on the road.
If you decide to get back on the road, take it very slowly. Many riders like to get back on the road as soon as possible, but it is all up to how you personally feel. You might feel very apprehensive on the first few rides, so you should take short trips and gradually increase the distance of each ride as you become more comfortable. After a few rides, you’ll begin to rebuild your confidence and be back to your normal-riding self in no time.
After an accident, take the time you need to recover and feel comfortable on your motorcycle again. Use all the help you can get from medical professionals and personal injury attorneys to help make your journey back to the road as easy as possible.
The personal injury attorneys at Hupy and Abraham have been helping injured motorcycle riders and promoting motorcycle awareness with the “Watch for Motorcycles” message for decades. Our firm has helped over 70,000 injured people and recovered over $1 billion for our clients. If you’ve been injured in an accident, call Hupy and Abraham right away at 800-800-5678.