Biker story research
I’ve got a request for you bikers out there: I need some first-hand knowledge, and you folks are the ones to give it to me. I need bikers who know something about the nature of biker accidents, so if that’s you, please keep reading.
Here’s the situation: I’m writing a short story about a biker. The thing is, I’ve never been on a bike in my life. They scare me to death, but you know, it’s fiction, so I think I can fake most of it.
The truth is, most of the story doesn’t involve the bike. It all takes place in a hospital. The biker has been injured in a big accident, but when he’s rushed to the hospital, they discover his name isn’t what he’s claimed it is, and that he’s really a man who was assumed dead for over a decade who was also in a bike accident.
The tension in the story comes from the reader trying to guess whether the biker remembered this or not. He claims to have forgotten, you see, but it’s not clear until the end whether he really did lose his memory or if he just wanted to get away.
He’s in the hospital for a while, and his family comes, and then his second family comes, the one that thought he was dead. The families compare notes on each other and discover they’re quite similar, which makes it seem likely he just had amnesia, because why would he go to all the trouble of faking his death if he just went and found another family exactly like the first?
However, the end of the story makes it all clear. The biker bribes a nurse, who says he’s taken a turn for the worse, and then the biker heads out of the hospital and starts walking down the road.
As you can see, I’ve worked through most of the issues in the story, but my problem is, I don’t know what kind of accident would lead to injuries serious enough he would be in the hospital, but superficial enough that he could walk out on his own a few days later. I also don’t know what kind of injuries he could have that might allow people to think he might have amnesia but again, he was able to connive and escape from his first family of his own power.
My research so far hasn’t helped much. I found out a bit about motorcycle accident statistics (and that of course they are dangerous and lots of people hit them), but not enough solid information that could really fit into the story.
Perhaps I’m looking in the wrong places.
If anyone of you out there has any ideas, message me and let me know. I really think this could be a great story, I just need help filling in those little gaps.