While an exhilarating way to get around, motorcycles are by their nature, less safe than passenger vehicles. Not only do they not offer the rider any protection, but they are also less visible than other vehicles. In 2016, there were 5,286 deaths in motorcycle accidents. That was up 5.1% from the number in 2015. The same year, motorcyclists were 28 times more likely to die in a crash than occupants in a passenger vehicle. About ¾ of all motorcycle crashes involve collisions with another vehicle. Almost half of all fatal accidents involved either alcohol or drug intoxication.
Fox 13 News reports that a motorcyclist has died in a crash involving a semi-truck on Interstate 75. The crash occurred on Wednesday night on Interstate 75 south. Investigators reported that a group of motorcyclists was driving south on the interstate. All of the motorcyclists were in the outside travel lane.
A semi-truck was also heading southbound in the center lane, approaching an overpass. 56-year-old David James Boland lost control of his motorcycle. He separated from the bike and struck one of the semi truck’s tires. The accident led to three other motorcyclists losing control of their vehicles. They were all separated from their bikes as well. The three drivers and one passenger were all seriously injured.
Boland passed away at the scene of the accident according to paramedics.