MARSHFIELD, WI (OnFocus) – When Justin Peterson puts on his helmet and other protective gear before heading out on his motorcycle on the afternoon of August 31st, he never thought it might save his life that day.
The Marshfield resident was heading north on County Highway T just outside of Marshfield when a deer ran out in front of his motorcycle.
Peterson clipped the back of the deer with his front tire sending his motorcycle to the ground. He was traveling around 60 miles per hour at the time of the accident.
Peterson, who wears a helmet and jacket with pads every time he rides, said the next thing he remembers was the ensuing ambulance ride. Luckily for him, his helmet and protective jacket took the brunt of the accident. Despite skidding on the pavement, the only injuries he suffered were bumps, bruises and some road rash.
Peterson’s story brings up the importance of wearing your protective gear when on a motorcycle.
According to the Wisconsin DMV, the state already has nine more motorcycle deaths in 2021 than it had last year.
Peterson said he hopes his story helps riders understand that wearing a helmet might save your life.
“It is everyone’s own choice to ride how they want,” Peterson said. “I would just tell them to think about their family and tell them my story and show them pictures of my helmet. I firmly believe without it, I would not be here.”
Peterson’s story, although scary, could have been much worse without the proper safety gear.
“I hope this opens some people’s eyes.”
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