Most of the time, a motorcycle is a safe and fun mode of transportation, but they do carry an increased risk of accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that there were 5,172 motorcycle accidents in the United States during the year 2017. Additionally, the agency reported that fatalities occurred 28 times more frequently on motorcycles than in other vehicles, based on crash data from 2016. A good proportion of these accidents are due to speeding, according to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis.
The Press and Guide report on a motorcycle accident where the motorcyclist was killed in a crash with a semitrailer.
24-year-old Brandon William Bolen was driving a 2000 Yamaha R1 motorcycle on Del Prado Boulevard North in Cape Coral on Friday night. Just before 9 p.m., Bolen was approaching the intersection with Northeast 10th Terrace in the center lane.
A 2007 Peterbilt semitrailer that was carrying several automobiles had stopped at the traffic sign on Northeast 10th where Terrace was waiting to turn left onto Del Prado. The driver of the truck said that he did not see anyone approaching the intersection and proceeded with the left turn.
The driver told authorities that he attempted to stop but was unable to prevent Bolen’s motorcycle from striking the left side of his semi. Multiple witnesses stated that Bolen was speeding well above the speed limit. He was ejected from the motorcycle and pronounced dead on the scene.
The driver of the semitrailer was not injured.