The South African and his family were involved in the crash on Wednesday but thankfully escaped with only minor injuries, and four-year-old son Jordan was with Burmester as he spoke to the press on day two at Emirates Golf Club.
A sore ankle did not look to bother Burmester as he carded a 68 on day two to put himself right in contention, and he believes a new perspective has helped him enjoy his golf this week.
"It was quite hectic," he said. "There were four cars involved in the accident, our Uber driver drove straight into the back of a Porsche and then we ricocheted onto another car.
"Luckily we're all okay, we're just bruised and battered and a little bit sore. A slight ankle problem but nothing too serious. My wife's got quite bad whiplash but other than that we're surviving and just happy to be here.
"After the car accident you realise what's important in life and I think I was taking golf a little too seriously. So I just kind of relaxed and looked at the family and we're kind of just enjoying our time, so that's been the biggest difference."
Burmester also believes improved putting has played a part in his performance after four missed cuts so far this season.
"I think for the most part I putted really well and I've just been consistent trying to hit fairways because the rough's quite deep," said the 30-year-old who carded five birdies and a bogey.
"I putted really nicely yesterday and I felt like I did the same today, probably a couple could have gone in but in the most part I'm really happy.
"I changed a couple of things structurally and just the way I warm up and stuff so it seems to be paying off."