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Danger on the Road Why Motorcyclists Are So Often Overlooked
September 8, 2017

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

Motorcycles are 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 is in 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 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 may not see much else as their heads are down, staring at their phones, texting, 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 is 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, cars are moving quickly with action going on all around, so 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) and driving defensively. Hopefully, the more that motorists know, the more they will be able to train their eyes to see all motorcyclists near them on the road.

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a motorcycle or auto accident, please call Heintz Law for a free consultation with one of the personal injury attorneys. We handle all types of Florida personal injury cases, and our law firm has established an impressive record of verdicts and settlements. If you have been seriously injured, call us now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help.


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