A 51-year-old Largo man was killed in an early Thursday morning motorcycle crash in Hillsborough County.
The crash happened just before 3 a.m. Thursday at southbound Interstate 275 and Lois Avenue.
The Florida Highway Patrol said the man lost control of his motorcycle and collided with a guardrail.
He was ejected from the motorcycle and fell off the overpass to Lois Avenue below.
He died at the scene.
Troopers are still investigating.
Guardrails and other roadside barriers are designed to protect vehicles from running off the road or colliding with trees and other obstacles. The reality is that roadway guardrails can pose more of a threat to motorcycles than help. If a bike hits a guardrail, as this story shows, the likely result is the rider will be thrown from their bike and seriously injured or even killed.
A motorcyclist losing control of their bike is not an uncommon situation. Bikers that find themselves losing control of their bike, should try and straighten up and take as much lean out of the bike as possible to control the bike as smoothly as you can. The best way to avoid this situation entirely is to only ride as fast as you can see the road ahead of you. You have to give yourself adequate time to see and respond to any visual clues on the roadway.