A motorcyclist’s first crash can be a devastating event – even if they survive it with no long-term or catastrophic injuries. Your first priority, of course, should involve healing, both physically and emotionally.
If you’re eventually going to get back on your bike, you need to be sure that it’s safe for you to ride. That means having repair professionals involved who can repair not just the visible damage but damage to the chassis, handlebars and more. If the bike is totaled (and maybe even if it’s not), you may want to consider getting a newer model with additional safety features.
Your helmet and riding gear also needs to be replaced
If your helmet struck the ground or anything else during the crash, you need to get a new one. They are not built to survive more than one impact. If you can upgrade from your current helmet, that’s preferable.
You may not be able to salvage your riding gear (clothing, knee guards and boots) – at least for riding. Even if it doesn’t appear torn or damaged, check each piece carefully before wearing it to ride again. You may find that you need to upgrade to heavier material or wear additional protection.
Mentally preparing to ride again
Getting back on your bike again can be a process. It’s not unusual for motorcyclists to experience some form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after a crash. Psychologists and other mental health professionals can help people deal with the trauma of collisions.
It may also help to take a safety course, even if you had no fault in the crash. This can help give you work up to getting back on the road alone. It never hurts to refresh your skills.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle crash caused by a driver or other motorcyclist, it’s crucial that you not settle your case until you know the full extent of your injuries, expenses and damages. Having experienced legal guidance can help you ensure that you get the justice and compensation you deserve.