In a lot of motorcycle accident cases, the other driver is very quick to say that they never saw the motorcycle at all. Often, they will do this as a way of blaming the motorcyclist. They’re implying that the driver was moving too quickly or otherwise just showed up out of nowhere.
However, the truth is that drivers often just overlooked motorcycles that were in plain sight. Here are a few reasons why this may happen.
Drivers get distracted
In some cases, drivers are just too distracted and so they’re only paying a minor amount of attention to the road. They may be relying on their peripheral vision, which could work if they are in danger of being hit by a semi-truck. But that may not be enough to see a much smaller motorcycle. Drivers need to make sure that they are alert and that they really focus on the road around them.
The human eye makes mistakes
The human eye is also not as good, in many ways, as a camera. It makes mistakes and it often fills in the blanks when creating a picture of what the person sees. It is possible, in some situations, for the eye to essentially ignore a small object like a motorcycle in the distance. This doesn’t usually happen if the driver focuses intently on that object, but it’s easy to miss things if the driver isn’t paying specific attention.
Drivers look for what they expect
People don’t realize how much expectation plays into what they see, in a lot of cases. They may become so conditioned to looking for other vehicles that are similar to their own in size and construction that they’re not really looking for motorcycles at all. This is also sometimes the case when they hit cyclists or pedestrians. Anything that is unexpected feels like it is physically harder to see.
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