How to Emotionally Deal With Your First Motorcycle Crash

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Motorcycle accidents can be incredibly stressful, traumatic events. If you’ve recently been involved in a motorcycle crash, you’re probably experiencing a whirlwind of emotions. 

You may be feeling anxious or fearful, especially about riding your bike again. You may also be feeling depressed or disheartened. 

All of these emotions are normal after traumatic experiences like motorcycle crashes. However, you can take a few steps to get back on your feet and start feeling like you again. 

Read on to learn our tips to emotionally deal with your first motorcycle accident. 

Seek Mental Health Counseling

If you’ve been unable to shake feelings of anxiety and fear surrounding your motorcycle accident, you may be experiencing symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). 

Developing PTSD is common after stressful events such as motorcycle crashes. This disorder can produce the following symptoms: 

  • Anxiety
  • Flashbacks
  • Fear
  • Depression
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities
  • Insomnia
  • Nightmares
  • Emotional detachment

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, whether you have PTSD or not, you may benefit from talking with a mental health counselor. Counselors have extensive training and experience helping people through stressful events. They can give you the tools you need to recover emotionally and begin to move forward following your motorcycle crash. 

Join a Support Group

Many motorcycle accident victims take comfort in speaking with other riders who have been in motorcycle accidents. While your friends and family may not fully understand the fear and stress you experienced in your accident, other riders should be able to relate to your experience better. 

Organizations like BikerDown and Crash Support Network offer emotional support and financial assistance to accident victims and their families. However, if you’d rather join an online group, you can look into Facebook support groups such as Survivors of Motorcycle Vehicle Accidents. 

Prioritize Rest

Your brain and body need adequate rest to heal from traumatic events like motorcycle crashes. Many motorcycle accident victims attempt to return to their regular routines after their accidents and pretend that nothing happened. However, not allowing yourself enough time to rest may make your recovery even more challenging. 

Instead, you should prioritize rest and relaxation after your crash. You may need to take some time off work or pass on household responsibilities to family members or friends to give yourself time to rest. If you’re having trouble sleeping, taking melatonin or an over-the-counter sleep aid may help. 

Start Slow 

Many motorcycle accident victims find it challenging to get back on their bikes after a motorcycle crash. While you have absolutely no obligation to go back to riding after your crash, if you do want to continue riding, be sure to start slow. 

The first time you get on your bike after your crash, all of the emotions of your accident may come flooding back to you. Even if you’re following speed limits and riding in dry road conditions, you may be overly anxious that you will experience a crash again. 

Our advice is to give yourself plenty of time to get back to your regular riding schedule. If you’re having trouble getting out of the driveway on your first ride, that’s okay — simply try again another day. 

Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney

If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, having enough funds to receive the necessary medical treatment may be one of your stressors. If you’re having trouble paying for your medical expenses, filing an accident claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company can help ease your financial burden. 

At Law Tigers Motorcycle Lawyers, we have extensive experience helping motorcycle crash victims receive the necessary compensation from insurance providers. We can help you negotiate with the insurance company to obtain adequate funds to recover from your first motorcycle accident. Contact our team at Law Tigers Motorcycle Lawyers today at 1-888-863-7216 to schedule your free case evaluation.