Why are motorcycles harder to see?

One of the primary causes of motorcycle crashes is a driver who didn’t see a motorcycle on the road. This happens far too frequently and it can be very difficult to determine if the motorist responsible for a crash was being careless or if actual visual problems contributed to the accident.

In order to determine what led to the crash and who may be to blame, it can be crucial to conduct a thorough investigation of the accident scene and other factors like cellphone records and surveillance video. But before an accident even occurs, it can be helpful to know the kinds of visual problems that exist when it comes to motorcycles in order to hopefully avoid causing a potentially fatal collision with a biker.

One primary reason people don’t see motorcycles is because they are smaller than cars and trucks. They only have one headlight as well. Not only can these factors make it difficult to actually see the biker, but they can affect other people’s perception of where the biker is and how fast it is traveling.

Another cause for visual problems on the road has to do with how cars are made. Drivers have blind spots and can have their vision blocked by the structure of their car. Even if it’s only for a second or two, being unable to see in those small spaces can lead to a crash if that’s where a motorcyclist is riding.

Finally, motorcyclists can be difficult to see because many people simply aren’t looking for them. They may be so focused on the larger vehicles around them, or in some cases distracted by something in their own vehicle, that they do not take the time to scan the road more thoroughly.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Tennessee, you should understand that you have the right to discuss your case with an attorney. With legal support, you can take steps to determine if your accident was caused by a negligent or reckless driver or if it was just that: an accident. Depending on the details of the incident, you may be eligible to collect compensation.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “Motorist Awareness,” accessed on Sept. 11, 2015