Motorcycle safety: "I got hit by a drunk driver"

Motorcycle safety: "I got hit by a drunk driver"
Rich Brown
Rich Brown

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Following the death of an off duty south Georgia police officer in a motorcycle crash, motorcycling enthusiasts are asking drivers to be aware of bikes on the road.

"I've been riding motorcycles for 40 years, I love the whole community, the brotherhood, I just love the whole thing."

Rich Brown gets fired up off the growl of a Harley Davidson engine.

But that sweet sound quickly came to a screeching halt. 

"1979 my wife and I got hit by a drunk driver, it was at night and he was following a headlight...he didn't know what was going on," said Brown.

He had to think quick, he was able to lay the bike down but couldn't clear the car, they slid underneath.

"In your mind it's slow motion you can kind of see where you're going, you don't know where you're going to end up," continued Brown.

His wife went airborne, Brown's legs were crushed.

"You're looking at the man's license plate and this man is still trying to drive," said Brown. "And doesn't realize he has a motorcycle up underneath his car with a person still underneath it."

And although they both were able to walk away, others had another fate.

"I've lost a lot of friends. All we need is an extra second to take another look," Brown said.

During a nine month study in 2013 there were nearly 100 motorcycle-related deaths in Georgia.

"Nothing but two wheels, gas tank and a seat, wrapped around a very powerful engine, and there is almost no protection at all," said Dana Harnage of Georgia State Patrol.

Any extra steps you can take is vital, if you're a rider, wear a helmet and protective gear, also invest in tools that will make you more visible.

"Make your headlights blink on and off to make sure people see you...tail lights and all that, that's very important," said Brown.

As a driver, give motorcyclist extra space and and always listen out. It could be a life you are saving.

CDC motorcycle safety overview

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