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An old biker adage says “There are two types of bikers. Those who have been down and those who are going down.” While certainly not everyone who rides a motorcycle will be involved in an accident, those who are can suffer much more than physical injury.
Most will agree that a motorcycle accident is an extremely traumatic experience—from the split second terrifying realization that a crash is imminent, to the falling or being thrown, then the trip to the emergency room.
A motorcyclist is tremendously vulnerable to injury when hit by an automobile, as there is no metal cage, glass, airbags and seat belts to protect the body. Motorcyclists who survive a collision with an automobile will almost always suffer grave injury, requiring a hospital stay and a lengthy physical rehabilitation process. A few lucky ones may walk away with a cast, stitches and/or bandages. Whatever your level of injury, you may have wounds that cannot be diagnosed or treated with an x-ray or a bandage.
PTSD Symptoms Following a Motorcycle Accident
Many people who are involved in a motorcycle accident find themselves suffering from symptoms of PTSD, in addition to dealing with the physical injuries. PTSD symptoms include:
- Frequently reliving the motorcycle accident;
- Recurring nightmares about the accident;
- Images of the trauma which seem to haunt you wherever you go;
- Avoidance of things, situations, people or places which remind you of the accident;
- A feeling off numbness, and
- Changes in sleeping or eating patterns.
It is estimated that as many as 8 percent of Americans will develop PTSD at some time during their life. PTSD following a motorcycle accident can occur soon after the accident, or can appear suddenly even six months after the accident.
Even when full-blown PTSD is not an issue for a motorcyclist who has been in an accident, there may still be a serious lack of confidence as far as getting back on a motorcycle. Some riders will get back on their bike, and, in time, their confidence level will return. Others may ride again, but never be the same. Some will never ride again.
Getting Back on Your Bike
The first time you get back on your motorcycle following a serious accident, you will feel strange, to say the least. Most bikers say getting back on sooner, rather than later, is best, as the longer you wait the harder it may be to ever ride again. This may mean you have to try taking short rides, even when it is very difficult, psychologically, to actually climb on the bike, start it up, and ride.
It is important to allow yourself a period of adjustment; don’t make the mistake of thinking you will immediately ride as before.
If the accident was in any way your own fault, then you may doubt your riding capabilities, making you overly cautious (Being cautious, in itself is not bad, however being overly cautious can actually end up causing an accident).
Try to be more alert, to practice before getting out on the road, and consider signing up for an advanced rider’s course. If you developed PTSD following your accident, and you don’t see how you will ever get back on your bike, consider breathing techniques, and possibly even hypnosis.
A good therapist can help you with relaxation techniques which can help calm your fears regarding getting back on your bike. If your motorcycle accident was due to the negligence of another, speaking to an experienced personal injury attorney could help change your future while protecting your rights.
Contact Our Jackson Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident in Jackson, Hattiesburg, Meridian, or anywhere in the State of Mississippi, the best thing you can do is to contact an experienced Mississippi motorcycle accident attorney who will protect your rights and assist you in receiving a fair settlement for your injuries.