Cordova Crash Survivor Promotes Motorcycle Awareness Month

Cordova Crash Survivor Promotes Motorcycle Awareness Month

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month and several states, including Tennessee, use this month to educate motorists.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - May is Motorcycle Awareness Month and several states, including Tennessee, use this month to educate motorists.

"I nearly died and it was just the simple fact of someone not taking that extra precaution," said Zack Williams, who was injured in a motorcycle accident.

In April, Williams survived a motorcycle wreck near Germantown and Rockcreek Parkway. A car turned in front of him, causing Williams to slam into the passenger's side, throwing him about 35 yards away.

He says car drivers should be more aware of bike riders.

"Listen for us and look for our headlights. We're watching out for y'all so if y'all take that extra precaution we can drive on the same roads and not have a problem," he said.

Williams now suffers from numerous injuries, including a shattered pelvis, broken kneecap, and a head injury that caused an aneurysm. According to TDOT, there have been more than 20 fatal motorcycle accidents in Tennessee so far this year.

Williams says he's noticed that drivers are often distracted while on the road, making it dangerous for those on bikes.

"Texting and driving. Anything that takes your attention off the road your putting fellow motorcyclist at risk because we are attentive. Believe me we are watching out for ourselves. We are watching out to watch you, but clearly that doesn't always save us."

Penny Williams, Zack's mother, says drivers need to take extra precaution. She says she doesn't want another mom to experience what her son has been through.

"It's hard. What do you, do to tell him it's going to be okay? Just hug him and kiss him and pray for him and try to get his friends to come over. He's got the best group of friends," she said.

They call themselves the "It's what we do" bike riders. They believe car drivers should be extra alert to help keep them safe.

"Just be aware look around you. If you're going to make that lane change, just check twice. That could be the difference between you saving someone's life," said fellow motorcyclist Rusty Gerard.

"God was definitely watching out for me and I definitely believe that I have a purpose. I mean he kept me here for a reason," said Zack Williams.
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