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Couple speaks out about deadly motorcycle accidents

WETUMPKA, AL (WSFA) -

"We just have to hope that somebody's going to take notice and listen and look that extra time before you pull out," says Victoria Rubble.

Martin Brady and Victoria Rubble know all too well how dangerous riding a motorcycle can be.

They were driving down Highway 14 in Millbrook about to turn onto I-65 when "a driver coming the opposite direction made a left hand turn across two lanes of traffic and turned right in front of us trying to get on the interstate," says Brady.

Martin and Victoria's motorcycle crashed into the car. They say the other driver was to blame for the collision.

"The first thing the driver said was I didn't see you," adds Brady.

They don't understand why.

"We were on a bright yellow motorcycle, I was wearing an orange shirt, she was wearing a red helmet," he says.

The two say it's not enough to just ride down the road and expect others to notice them. They admit they have to make a special effort to be seen.

"When you're at intersections you want to try and make eye contact with other motorists. You want to wear contrasting clothing," adds Brady.

According to statistics from the Alabama Department of Public Safety, roughly 10% of the state's fatal crashes between 2006 and 2010 involved motorcycles.

Nationally, it's about 13%.

Martin and Victoria believe if other drivers took a second look, many of those deaths could have been prevented.

"Hey, we're all out here. Let's share the road and let's be a little more careful," says Rubble.

Now, they're actively involved in a national motorcycle education organization--ABATE.

"Everybody take some responsibility out there," adds Rubble.

While thousands of bikers ride safely and without incident, the Alabama Department of Public Safety says--mile per mile--motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to die in a traffic crash than others on the road.

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