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As summer approaches and the temperatures rise, thousands of registered motorcycles in West Virginia will emerge from their garages. But as one Summers County man has learned, driving on two wheels can be very dangerous.

West Virginia Department of Highway Safety says motorcycle fatalities are up and that has local bikers urging those on the road to take extra precautions this year summer. One young rider knows just how dangerous motorcycles can be.

"Things looked very, very bad to begin with. They actually gave me a 6 percent chance to live. I had broken 18 bones; I had broken my neck and lower back and pelvis," Justin Meadows of Summers County said.

Back in 2008, Justin Meadows had a brush with death when his Harley crashed into guardrail.  Doctors feared he would not survive.  He needed over 100 units of blood, multiple surgeries and most of his right leg was amputated.

"I didn't realize they had to take so much of my leg. And I broke down for 2 or 3 minutes and I looked at my friend and said this isn't going to help anything, got to find a way to move passed it," Meadows said.

After intensive therapy and learning to use a prosthetic leg Meadows had his eyes set on retuning to the open road

"My father understands this side of me wanting to ride but he was a little reluctant of it my moms not the biggest fan of it," Meadows continued.

Comprising with his parents he agreed to ride at night and always follow the states helmets specifications.

Meadows said he encourages riders to follow their passion and everyone on the roads to just be aware of their surroundings.

"Just that extra glance could save someone's life," Meadows said.

Meadows credits God and the donated blood in helping to share his life.  He speaks on behalf of the Red Cross and hosts a blood driver annually.  This year the 5th annual Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on June 8th from 10-5pm at the Hinton Memorial Building.