Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
When you reflect on your recent Vancouver motorcycle injury, you boil with rage:
- How could this happen to you?
- Why didn’t the other guy look more carefully?
- How are you supposed to take care of your life and your family, now that you are hurt?
- Who can help with your legal problems?
- How long will it take to recover from your injuries?
These fiery emotions may not be particularly pleasant. However, they speak to important unmet needs. Rather than wishing away the anger—suppressing or ignoring it—listen to it openly and empathetically. Try to figure out the underlying problems, and then address them with concrete solutions.
An experienced Vancouver motorcycle accident lawyer can help by walking you through your options and explaining what your future may hold. (Uncertainty is a major under-recognized cause of post accident stress).
You can also obtain clarity by journaling your thoughts and feelings. Try asking and answering written questions to explore the source of your feelings.
For instance, maybe a driver hit you at a red light, breaking your leg and wrecking your bike. Ever since the accident, you have been seeing red. In your journal, you could ask, "Why am I so furious?" Your first answer might be superficial—something along the lines of, “That idiot should have looked where he was going.” Don't stop there. Go deeper and ask, “Why does the memory of the crash bother me so much?” You might then respond, “Because I need to be safe when I'm riding.”
Often, just the recognition of a deeper unmet need—the need for safety, in this case—is enough to salve the anger and kick-start more productive thinking about a problem.
For help managing the many post-accident challenges you face, talk to a Vancouver motorcycle accident lawyer on the McComb Witten team at 604-255-9018. While you are here, request a free copy of our useful report, The Inside Secrets ICBC Doesn't Want You to Know.
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