If you were injured in a crash on your motorcycle, your main priority right now is healing – certainly physically and maybe psychologically as well. Motorcycle crashes can be highly traumatic – particularly if you were hit by a driver who was distracted, under the influence or just plain negligent.
Thinking about the day you’ll be able to get back on your bike again can help a lot in that psychological healing. Before you do, be sure that your bike and your gear are ready.
Some motorcycle damage isn’t obvious
If your motorcycle was seriously damaged or totaled, you may be getting a new one or at least having some extensive repair work done. However, if your bike doesn’t appear to have suffered more than a few dings and scratches, have it thoroughly inspected by a professional anyway.
Some damage isn’t readily visible, such as damage to the chassis or handlebars. You don’t want to find out something isn’t working right when you’re already on the road.
You’ll likely need a new helmet
Typically, once a helmet has struck something, (the ground, a vehicle or any inanimate object like a stop sign or tree) it needs to be replaced. That’s because the shock-absorbing compound inside it is usually meant to withstand just one significant impact. Besides, having a new helmet can help make getting on the bike again easier.
While you’re shopping for a new helmet, think about new riding gear (especially gloves and boots). The gear you were wearing during the crash may have holes that lessen its ability to protect you. If you suffered road rash or other secondary injuries because you weren’t fully covered, think about adding to your riding wardrobe.
As you seek compensation from the at-fault driver’s (or biker’s) insurer, make certain that you’re considering all short-term and long-term expenses and damages before accepting a settlement. Having experienced legal guidance can help you get the maximum possible settlement.