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With The Weather Warming Up, Motorcycle Safety A Concern

Warm weather means more motorcyclists on the road.
FREDERICK, Md. - By the looks of it, Dean Millman seems like your average motorcyclist, but take a closer look and you quickly realize there is more to the story.

"My leg was amputated below the knee and that started a new life for me," said Millman.

In March 2009, Millman was out for a morning bike ride with his wife and a few friends when a car went against oncoming traffic and hit him, his wife and another friend.

"Because of a distracted driver, who wasn't paying attention to her surroundings, she changed our lives forever," said Millman.

With the weather warming up, more motorcyclists will be on the road, which means chances of accidents involving motorcycles will increase immensely.

In the first nine months of 2012, 138 motorcyclists died in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area. Another 3,922 bikers died nationwide in that same time period.

"One of the things that people learn when taking the class is a strategy so that you can see these things before they become an immediate hazard in front of you," said Missy Morrison, Manager of the Harley Davidson Riding Academy in Frederick, Md.

Morrison says one of your best tools as a motorcyclist is to always be alert and for traditional drivers, give bikers some space.

"Respect the motorcyclist. We are real people with real families," added Morrison.

For Millman, his experience on the bike was a life altering one. One that effected him and his family, but with a little time and persistence, he's back on the road again doing what he loves.
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