Danger on the Road: Why Motorcyclists Are So Often Overlooked

Considering how popular the motorcycle is today, it seems like motorists would be more inclined to see them on the road. Not only are lone enthusiasts increasing in numbers, but clubs have become more and more popular—from veterans riding together to touring groups enjoying their Harley Davidsons; in fact, the popular manufacturer of motorcycles has announced they will release a total of 50 new bike models by 2022.

It’s clear that motorcycles are just meant for more than just the tough, grizzled biker types. Today on the road you may see a CEO in a suit and tie riding to work, along with women bikers, seniors, and more. The true key though is in really seeing them—and avoiding hitting them with your car. Despite all the attention drawn in recent years to how important it is to watch out for motorcyclists on the road, one of the biggest reasons for crashes is that motorists will say they just never saw the bike in front of or behind them.

Part of the problem on the roads is the growing number of distracted drivers. While they may not see motorcyclists, they also may not see much else as their heads are down staring at their phones, sending a text, or making a call. While the motorcyclist is often not seen, they on the other hand must watch out for everyone and everything. Speeding motorists are a concern, along with cars pulling out in front of them or running traffic lights and stop signs.

A major issue for motorists is that their eyes simply are not well-trained for seeing motorcycles all the time. In heavy traffic, this becomes even more of a challenge. Motorcycles may also—like other cars—be hidden in the blind spots of cars. More importantly, as cars are moving quickly with action going on all around, it may be difficult for some drivers to see everything. They may even suffer from motion-induced blindness, which can prevent them from seeing motorcyclists because they have been staring ahead at one point for so long, while driving past the landscape, and other cars—and motorcycles.

Motorcyclists must do everything possible to make sure they are seen (from flashing lights and wearing brightly colored clothing) and heard (revving engines), as well as driving defensively. Hopefully the more that motorists know, they will be able to train their eyes to see all motorcyclists near them on the road.

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