Kearney, NE According to the CDC, motorcycle related deaths increased by 55% since 2000. One business is trying to prevent those types of accidents.
The Nebraska Safety Center in Kearney held one of it's motorcycle training courses Sunday.
The center runs several courses for all levels of experiences.
"We have people who have never been on a motorcycle in their entire life, people who maybe rode when they were younger and decided to get back into it people who maybe had a tough experience on a motorcycle and feel a little bit shaky on it," said Annie Madsen, one of the Motorcycle Safety Instructors.
One participant who is getting back into it is 72-year old Robert Mann who hasn't ridden in 19 years.
"What am I doing here? I'm having the greatest time of my life, I mean this is fun. And I've learned a heck of a lot too, things that I thought I knew riding, I'm so glad I came," said Mann.
The course focused on teaching good motorcycle driving skills.
Mann said, "There are so many things that you don't know that these people have pointed out today like do this at this time or whatever and even if you've ridden a long time you get bad habits of doing things and they're watching."
Madsen said they wanted to prevent the most common causes of accidents.
She said, "We say ride like you're invisible, ride like you have a bubble around that bike. Typically most crashes happen in intersections, people will often say I just didn't see them. Typically single crashes with motorcycles happen in curves because people come in too hot, and what they're doing...is practicing going through curves."
Mann had one message to people who feel they don't need to take classes like this one.
He said, "You're never too old to do this, like I'm 72 right now so, yea, it's fun."