Q: How can I get over my fear of riding after my Vancouver motorcycle accident?
You were seriously banged up in a Vancouver motorcycle accident, so you can be forgiven for feeling freaked out about the prospect of going for a joyride. You did everything right during and after the accident. You wore your helmet. You followed good evasive procedures. And you still got hurt. Now, you doubt your ability to drive safely. That does not feel good.
Be compassionate with yourself.
Here is the reality: Many accident victims feel panicky after crashes. Even daredevils and veteran riders get shaken up. Some develop crushing neuroses. It is understandable. On some level, you should appreciate that your psychological defenses have kicked in. Fear is not necessarily a bad thing—it keeps you alive.
On the other hand, you love riding. Perhaps you need to ride because you have no other form of transportation. You want to conquer the crippling fear and get back out there. At the same time, you want to drive safely.
Here are a few ideas:
1. Give yourself time.
You have been in a motorcycle accident—maybe a serious one. As much as you want everything to be normal again, that will not happen for a bit. That’s okay. Your psychological “immune system” may need time to process what you have been through, so give yourself that time.
2. Try journaling.
Work through your fears on paper. Journaling will help you to find out what circumstances or thoughts trigger your fears. Then, plan in advance how will deal with them BEFORE they crop up. Journaling can help you identify safety challenges, too.
3. Consider connecting with a good Vancouver motorcycle crash lawyer to get some clarity on your motorcycle accident case.
The team here at McComb Witten is very well equipped to help you make serious progress. Call our team now at 604-255-9018 for assistance. You may also wish to download a free copy of our special report called The Inside Secrets ICBC Doesn't Want You to Know! for more information.