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Could Be The Deadliest Year For Motorcycle Crashes In WisconsinSubmitted: 10/10/2012
Story By Matt Doyle

STATEWIDE - This could be the deadliest year on record for Wisconsin motorcyclists.

102 people have died in motorcycle crashes this year compared to 85 for all of 2011.



The average age of the victim went up to 48. Increasing from 30 two decades ago.

The Wisconsin State Patrol answers calls about these crashes.

Trooper Bryan Wrycha says riders need to wear the proper gear to help prevent crashes.

"Make sure that the other motorists see you," Wrycha said.

"Leave yourself an out. If you are getting cornered by another vehicle, beep so they hear you. Or back off, to create that cushion that you need in case that vehicle does stop suddenly in front of you."

Riders should also understand that cars struggle to see them.

It's easy to be lost in a blind spot.

"When you're on the motorcycle, pretend that you're invisible," Wrycha said.

"Pretend that the other motorists don't see you. Make sure they see you before you make any lane changes or what not. Always ride with your headlights on during the day and at night."

Another big safety feature that can save lives is wearing a helmet.

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