Personal injury specialist Minster Law has started a new programme to help support their clients, who may have suffered physical injuries and psychological issues as a result of a motorcycle accident, get back on two wheels.
The Back to Biking programme was developed for those riders who are physically able to ride, but find it difficult emotionally or mentally to return to riding. The programme involves the clients addressing their emotional issues, using a virtual reality simulator and eventually heading back onto the road for a supported ride.
The initiative is free for Minster Law clients like Dragos Niculae, who was involved in a collision with a Ford Transit in November 2015. Dragos sustained two broken arms along with various soft tissue injuries and serious bruising. Physically, Dragos can ride, but the psychological injuries he suffered prevented him from returning to two wheels.
Dragos said: “It’s been difficult to confront something that changed my life so dramatically – I was just grateful to be alive after my accident. But I’m also still so passionate about biking and as the majority of my friends have bikes, I really miss the freedom, control and adrenaline rush of being able to go on ride outs together.
“I felt really nervous about getting back on a bike for the first time, but I found my private counselling session really helpful as it built on what I’ve already worked through in therapy. When I first got on the motorcycle simulator I felt the smile on my face – I was actually really surprised how comfortable I felt! I expected to feel anxious but there were no nerves, just excitement and passion, and the virtual reality equipment was a great way to feel comfortable with my surroundings, while still being in a safe and controlled environment. I can’t wait to take the next step to getting back on the road.”
The next step for Dragos is to join another participant at a specialist training school, where they will undertake a refresher course before heading out on the road with specialist instructors.
Minster Law’s Managing Director and fellow biker, Michael Warren, said: “We work with so many clients who feel they are unable to get back on to a bike after being involved in an accident. For many riders, their motorcycle isn’t a mode of transport, it’s a way of life, and we wanted to find a way to help these riders get back to the lifestyle they once enjoyed. It’s great to hear how much Dragos benefitted from the first event and we’re really looking forward to supporting him, and the other participants, through this important journey.”
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