A look at celebs who have made amazing recoveries following motorbike accidents

Pick up any newspaper or watch a news programme on the TV and the chances are that there's going to be some tragic tale telling of a motorbike accident that's claimed the life of its rider.

For us bike enthusiasts it really is a horrible thing to take in and, sadly, the majority of us probably know of someone who's lost their life doing the thing they love - riding.

But despite all the bad press and the horror stories that we hear, there have actually been some quite remarkable reports of people who have battled back against all the odds and made amazing recoveries following nasty motorbike accidents.

Marc Almond
Riding a motorcycle is dangerous by its very nature and the potential for serious personal injuries in the event of a crash is, not surprisingly, very high. Marc Almond, the frontman of popular eighties band, Soft Cell, found this out for himself when he was left fighting for his life following a collision with a car in central London in 2004.

The singer had been riding pillion on a friend's bike at the time of the motorcycle accident and suffered severe head injuries as a result of the incident.

A passer-by described the horrific smash to journalists and said, "There was an almighty bang as the bike crashed with the car. Both the motorcyclist and his passenger were thrown into the air and landed in the road."

He also revealed how Marc Almond seemed to be in a terrible state, saying, "He looked like he had done a lot of damage to his head."

The former chart-topping artist had indeed done some quite serious damage to his head and doctors were concerned that his injuries might prove fatal. But after three weeks of around-the-clock hospital care he was deemed fit enough to be allowed home following what was described as a "remarkable" recovery.

Within a matter of months he had recovered sufficiently to embark on a music tour of Europe and was said to have attributed his miraculous survival to the fact that he had been wearing a top-of-the-range helmet at the time of the motorbike accident.

Heather Mills
The former glamour model may not have actually been riding a bike at the time of her accident but was instead hit by a motorcycle policeman as she crossed a road in London in 1993.

The motorbike accident happened just around the corner from Kensington Palace and left Miss Mills fighting for her life in hospital with a punctured lung and crushed ribs. She also received extensive personal injuries to her lower body and doctors were forced to insert a metal plate into her pelvis and amputate her left leg below the knee.

Some people would have let such horrific injuries affect their life but not Heather. She was fitted with a prosthetic leg and immersed herself in charity work, helping provide artificial limbs to foreign victims of motorcycle accidents and other devastating incidents.

It was during a charity bash that the legendary Sir Paul McCartney first noticed the blonde amputee and it wasn't long before the couple were engaged. At the time of writing the subsequent marriage seems to have come to a somewhat sour end but she once told a journalist, "The overcoming of adversity and, ultimately, denying it the rite of passage, has been a constant and perpetual motive throughout my life."

There's no doubt that Mills will get her life back on track just like she did following the tragic motorbike accident of 1993 and the determination that she's already shown is sure to stand her in good stead.

Making a motorbike accident claim
BP365, the motorcycle accident specialists, will shortly continue their look at people who have courageously put the trauma of a bike crash behind them, but in the meantime we're here and waiting to help you.

If you've been hurt in a motorbike accident that wasn't your fault we can help you get back on the road as quickly as possible. We can arrange rehabilitation and top medical care for any personal injuries you may have received, bike repairs, helmet and clothing replacement as well as the means to make a compensation claim for damages.

Our personal injury lawyers are keen to make sure that you get the compensation you deserve. We work on a no win, no fee basis, which means that you will be protected from all costs in the event that your claim is not successful.

So pick up the phone today and give our friendly motorbike accident claims team a call on 0800 0925 365.

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