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Course helps rider back onto bike after horrific accident

PUBLISHED: 09:00 21 February 2014 | UPDATED: 09:43 21 February 2014

Rick Norman has found his confidence on the roads again since taking his RoSPA course.

Rick Norman has found his confidence on the roads again since taking his RoSPA course.

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Ricky Norman built his confidence back up after breaking 23 bones in a motorcycle accident.

A BARNSTAPLE man has told how an advanced driving course gave him the confidence to get back on his motorbike after a horrific accident.

Rick Norman was driving along the A149 on Friday October 13, 1989, at around 60 miles per hour when a car came from his left hand side and drove over the road.

“I remember the noise and the car under me also seeing my bike following me over the car,” said Mr Norman.

“Next thing I know is waking up to the face of a young nurse who, lucky for me, was in the house by the shop and got me back.”

Mr Norman broke and fractured 23 bones in the collision and spent 12 days in hospital, but despite riding again could not get his confidence back.

“I have since been very nervous of the left-hand side of the road, which stopped me being in the right position for a right hand corner,” he said.

“My way of saying thank you to all the Hospital staff was to give blood for a long time. This then led me, eventually, to want to ride for the Devon Freewheelers.”

Mr Norman needed to become an advanced rider in order to be considered, so he decided to take part in a course run by accident prevention charity RoSPA.

“After a shaky start, and a lot of help from all involved, I got over my fear of the far left position and the confidence has come back so much so that, after 23 years post crash, I passed at gold standard and had a grin for a week.

“I now ride for the Devon Freewheelers, and I have so much respect for the work they do to improve the riding of others that I am now riding with RoSPA as an observer so I can make a difference and give something back.”

A series of advanced courses will be run by the Roadar North Devon Advanced Drivers and Riders at Park Community School on February 25.

For more information call Martin Setherton on 01237 422208 (cars) or Rob Hook on 01237 479775 (motorcycles).

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