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Road Riders Talk Road Safety

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Robert Jackson is an Oklahoman who has been riding motorcycles and trikes for the last 15 years. While on his way to a highway patrol motorcycle awareness training session, he learned just how unsafe the roads can be.

"She hit me, and I had all my gear on, thank God. I had my helmet, my jacket, my gloves, and my boots, and she drug me for about 40 feet, and I ended up with my head next to her tire, and I was pinned underneath my bike until the ambulance and the first responders showed up," said Jackson.

Robert suffered a severely sprained ankle, as well as a busted knee and elbow, but he still considers himself lucky.

"They said I shouldn't have even made it. But with that gear on, all the gear all the time, I don't care how hot it is, I'm a true believer. We need to wear it," said Jackson.

Bill Tucker is lifelong motorcyclist who's been teaching bike safety classes since 2003. He says motorists can help keep bikers safe by paying more attention. That means minimizing distractions like cell phones and rear view mirror decorations, and always looking twice, especially before turning left.

"A left turner is our number one enemy as a motorcycle rider, because they turn, they don't see us, and they turn right in front of us," said Tucker.

Robert says the woman who hit him, didn't see him when she changed lanes, and while he hopes drivers keep their eyes open and mind blind spots, he says safety gear is the key to saving lives.

"I know that we don't have laws in all the states saying that you should wear a helmet, but we should," said Jackson.

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