Overcoming the Fear of Riding after a Motorcycle Accident

Many riders who have survived motorcycle accidents and lived to tell about it might harbor a reluctance to ride again. Having a loss of self-confidence after going through a traumatic event is common. However, there are ways motorcycle accident survivors can overcome apprehension and get back out on the road.

  • Take baby steps before riding again. Recovering from an accident can take months for some people. By practicing in empty lots and taking training courses that offer lessons, accident survivors can regain the confidence necessary to ride again.
  • Learn the cause of your accident. For some riders, accidents are caused by lack of visibility, poor weather, faulty equipment or negligent drivers. It is possible to learn from our experiences as riders to avoid similar situations in the future.
  • Replacing damaged gear after a motorcycle accident is not only essential for safety, but it can be a step in restoring confidence while riding. If gear saved your life before the accident, it is worth replacing it before riding again.
  • Be extra cautious going forward. Before riding, always do a quick walk-around to make sure your bike is in working order. Checking weather and traffic conditions can also provide an extra feeling of safety and confidence.

Depending on the severity of the accident, it is also possible to develop mental health conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder. Talking with others about your accident can help you overcome fears that have taken control of your mind.

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