According to crash data collected in 2014, motorcyclist deaths occur 27 times more often than deaths in other vehicles.
So if you’ve ever been involved in a bad motorcycle accident, you’re so lucky to be alive. And you’re probably nervous about riding a motorcycle again as well.
We don’t blame you for your apprehension. But you have to get back on the bike at some point.
Before taking your bike out for a spin again, however, you should take these four tips to heart:
1. Make Sure You’ve Completely Recovered
As we mentioned before, motorcycle accidents produce more fatalities than other vehicular accidents.
And if you’ve managed to survive one? You’re likely not in the best shape.
This trauma can be both physical and mental. If you’ve suffered physical damage, consult with your doctor about getting medical clearance to ride again.
If you’re currently suffering from mental or emotional trauma, take your time. Consider getting counseling. Being scared to ride a motorcycle after a bad motorcycle accident isn’t unreasonable.
2. Get Your Bike Checked Out
An accident can leave your motorcycle in bad shape. So before you get back on it, getting the bike checked out by a mechanic is a must.
Even if the bike doesn’t appear to be damaged.
If the bike has sustained damage, you might want to contact an attorney in hopes of receiving some compensation. In fact, we always recommend contacting an attorney after a vehicular accident.
In any case, getting your bike checked out is more about making yourself feel safe than about receiving compensation. Riding a motorcycle that works properly will help you feel more in control while on the road.
3. Update Your Gear
Your bike isn’t the only thing that might have taken damage during the incident. Your motorcycle gear will likely also need to be updated.
Inspect your helmets and other safety gear for damage. Even if your gear isn’t damaged, consider upgrading it. It’s always better to be safe(r) than sorry.
4. Take Legal Action
Here’s the deal:
Sometimes the only thing that helps you move on is getting justice for yourself.
Bikers aren’t always judged fairly. They aren’t given the benefit of the doubt as often as other drivers.
As a result, authorities might assume that you, the motorcyclist, were the cause of the accident. If this happens to be the case, you’re unlikely to get justice without the help of a professional.
So take legal action by hiring a lawyer after your motorcycle accident.
Your best bet is to hire a lawyer who specializes in vehicular accidents. If possible, get a lawyer who not only specializes in vehicular accidents but who also has extensive experience with motorcycle accidents.
Once your case has been settled, you might be comfortable riding your bike again, because you’ll know that you’ll be treated fairly in the courtroom should misfortune befall you again.
Need Help Confidently Riding a Motorcycle Again?
If you’ve been involved in an accident and need help confidently riding a motorcycle again, take all of the recovery time you need. Don’t get back on your bike until you’re ready to make that leap.
And if you won’t feel comfortable getting back out there until you’ve taken legal action?
Please contact us today. We specialize in protecting your rights for accidental personal injury.