Motorcycle Crash Victim Urges Safety On Roads

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Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 10:23pm

As motorcyclists prepare to hit the roads for Memorial Day weekend, a man involved in a motorcycle crash has a message for motorcyclists and every driver.

"Safety is paramount, your life depends on it," said motorcyclist Michael Keagle.

Keagle wants to make sure every biker stays safe this holiday weekend. Keagle was headed home from work Monday night, but something went wrong on I-10 near Trowbridge.

"I felt the front tire was going flat, kinda glanced over the handle bars at the tire, 'Yep it's going flat' and within a second, it went completely flat," Keagle said. "I lost control, the bike darted towards the center median towards the wall."

Keagle's helmet was the first to hit the ground.

"It protected me. I didn't lose conscious... there's a big gouge in my helmet. My helmet saved my life," Keagle said.

Keagle is thankful he's alive to spend time with his family but others have not been as fortunate.

According to a report by the Governor's Highway Safety Association, motorcycle deaths totaled 4,500 in the United States last year, about the same as the year before.

"You get so many new motorcyclists and when they go get a motorcycle, they get the biggest, baddest, fastest one they can. Then they don't wear protective gear and they ride that motorcycle like they're on the racetrack, and that's not the way to go," Keagle said.

Keagle said everybody on the road can help prevent motorcycle accidents by being aware of their surroundings.

"I've avoided a lot of accidents because drivers are not paying attention to me," said Keagle.

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