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Why don't drivers 'see' motorcyclists on the highway?

Police and first responders hear it all the time. The driver who just mangled a motorcyclist and his bike cries in anguish, "I never even saw him!" Those who are riding enthusiasts wonder how that can even be possible.

Yet it is, and here's why. Eyes are much more limited than camera lenses. Not only that, but the mental pictures we "see" are a result of a lightning-fast but complex process that occurs between our eyes and brains.

Most of the time, everything goes as it should and we see what is in front of us. However, when objects move fast or erratically or appear in places where we don't expect to see them, the eye-brain processes can briefly short-circuit, causing us to miss things that are literally right in front of us.

That's precisely the point where many of these potentially deadly collisions occur. Many drivers are not conditioned to be alert for motorcyclists, especially at night or during the colder months when fewer are on the roads.

A driver at an intersection may look left and not notice the motorcyclist approaching fast in the distance. He then looks right, sees all is clear and gives a cursory glance to the left before entering the intersection, where he strikes the unlucky motorcyclist broadside.

Stress and other strong emotions can also cause tunnel vision. There, the eyes stop their normal tracking movements, leaving the brain to black out anything on either side of the field of vision.

If you get into an accident with a motorist while riding your motorcycle, you may need to retain an attorney to help you fight for the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

Source: Road and Track, "Why You Don't 'See' Motorcycles on the Road," Jack Baruth, accessed Feb. 17, 2017

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