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Riding After a Motorcycle Accident: What to Know Once You’ve Recovered

Updated March 7, 2021 | By Wilson Kehoe Winingham staff

Safely Returning to The Road Following an Accident

After recovering from a motorcycle accident, you may have mixed feelings about getting riding again. Some motorcycle crashes are more serious than others, but it’s safe to say that if you’ve fixed your bike or purchased a new one after a crash, you did so with the intention to ride again.

Check Your Bike and Gear

Helmets and other safety gear are designed to absorb impact. Your safety gear may have lessened the severity of your injuries from your motorcycle accident. If your helmet hit the ground, it is recommended you replace it, even if it looks fine.

Additionally, have a look at your leather or other protective clothing. Repair or replace anything with holes, torn seams, or other damage. Now is also a good time to decide if you prefer to wear additional safety gear you may not have been using when you had your previous crash.

Lastly, give your bike a once-over. Even if it’s brand new or fresh from the repair shop, put your own eyes and hands on the tires, brakes, and lights. You’ll feel more at ease once you hit the road if you’re sure everything is in working order.

Getting Comfortable Again

It’s safe to assume that you’ll be a bit nervous for your first ride after your crash. Plan a short, easy ride in light traffic and away from the site of your motorcycle crash to ease back into driving your motorcycle.

You may decide to take that first ride alone with your thoughts. If you prefer to ride with a friend, make sure it’s a companion you trust, one who knows about your previous crash. It’d be best if your friend knows you may be apprehensive and doesn’t speed off, pressuring you to keep pace.

Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today

If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a motorcycle accident, contact the Indianapolis Motorcycle Accident Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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