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Motorcycle accidents raise questions of safety

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Three fatal motorcycle accidents in the metro, are raising questions about motorcycle safety.  

Wednesday there were two more serious wrecks. 

The first motorcyclist was on I-20 near Gallatin Street, when he lost control of his bike.

Police say the rider lost his helmet when his head hit a guardrail, and was hospitalized with serious injuries.

Later in the morning, another motorcyclist hit by a car at Highway 80 and Pemberton Road in Pearl.

Police there say a vehicle failed to yield the right of way, and pulled into the bikers lane.

He was also hospitalized with serious injuries.

Robert Walton runs MotoSteps, a non profit motorcycle training center in Jackson.

Walton says no matter how much training a rider has, there's always the threat of a distracted driver.

"Most cars, trucks they don't see motorcycles; they look right through em, they don't see em till the last minute sometimes," Walton said. "If you're a safe motorcyclist, you'll be prepared to see out on the road and see all obstructions."

Jeff Myers runs Central Mississippi Motorcycle Training Incorporated.

Myers says more motorists need to respect motorcyclists, and realize they share the road too.

Myers also agrees all motorcyclists need to complete some type of training before getting out on the road, which is sometimes not done.

"As a four wheel motorist you can save somebody's life by checking twice make sure that there's not a motorcycle can be hidden very easily," Myers said.

According to the 2009 Governors Highway Safety Association study, there were 781 motorcycle accidents nationwide, 47 were fatal.

Mississippi was among 12 states where accidents increased.

A number motorcycle safety trainers are determined to reduce.

For motorcycle training in Jackson metro:

Mississippi MotoSteps

601-519-4717

or

Central MS. Motorcycle Training Inc.

601-573-7785

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