A motorcycle crash is a traumatic experience. Many motorcyclists find that they still have the desire to ride after a crash. However, they aren't sure how long to wait before hopping back on their bike. When should you try riding again after a crash? Here's how to tell when the time is right:
Talk to Your Doctor
It's never a good idea to get back on a motorcycle after a crash without talking to your doctor first. Your doctor is the only one who will know whether or not it is physically safe for you to ride again. If you are still recovering from injuries sustained in the crash, your doctor may think it is best for you to wait until your condition has improved even further.
Schedule An Inspection
It's not safe to ride a damaged motorcycle. Take your bike in to a mechanic prior to riding for the first time after a crash. Do not assume the motorcycle is safe to ride simply because there is no visible damage. It is hard for the untrained eye to detect some types of damage, which is why it's best let a mechanic handle the inspection. If the motorcycle is not in need of repair, it may be time to take it out for your first ride.
Brush Up On Riding Skills
Motorcyclists who have taken a long break from riding may need to brush up on their skills prior to getting back on the road. Fortunately, there are countless online and in-person courses for motorcyclists of all skill levels. In fact, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) even offers a “welcome back” course that is designed for riders who are experienced, but have not been on a bike in quite some time. Taking one of these courses will give you the tools you need to stay safe on the road. Plus, it will make you feel more confident and comfortable with the idea of getting back on your motorcycle.
There's no need to push yourself to dive right back into riding your motorcycle everywhere you go. Don't be afraid to start off slow so you can ease your way back into riding. If you are anxious about riding, start by putting on your safety gear and sitting on the bike. You don't even need to leave your driveway–just let your mind and body get used to the idea of being back on a motorcycle. The next step should be going for a short ride in a quiet neighborhood where you will not encounter traffic or road hazards. If you feel comfortable on this ride, it could be time to take your motorcycle out for a real ride.
Don't Wait Too Long
You shouldn't push yourself to ride until you are absolutely ready. However, it is recommended that you try not to wait too long to take your first ride after an accident. The longer you wait, the more intimidating it may seem to get back on your bike. If you keep putting it off, it could take months or even years to build the confidence to get back on the road.
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, seek legal representation as soon as possible. Let our experienced personal injury attorneys seek justice against the negligent parties that caused you harm. Schedule a free consultation with attorney George Tait at Utah Bike Law by calling 801-487-6454 or visiting us online today.
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