Why is it hard to see motorcycles on the road?

Motorcyclists enjoy hitting the open road on their bike. Even so, these people realize that they are at risk of being involved in an accident.

For example, this often happens when the driver of a passenger vehicle or truck fails to see the motorcyclist.

There are many reasons why it’s hard to see motorcycles on the road, including the fact that these vehicles are not as large as others. For this reason, it’s easy for them to get to go unnoticed, especially when the roadways are crowded.

Additionally, due to the size, it is possible for a motorcycle to get stuck in a vehicle’s blind spot. If this happens, the driver of the passenger vehicle could make a lane change without taking notice of the motorcyclist.

Finally, here is something interesting to consider: your eyes don’t see nearly as much as you think. While you may consider your eyes similar to a camera, this isn’t true. Instead, your eyes have quite a few limitations, many of which make it possible to miss out on an object on the road.

Unfortunately, there is no sure fire way to prevent a motorcycle accident. If all drivers share the road and exercise caution, it’s possible to lessen the likelihood of a crash. But even then, there is no guarantee of safety.

As a motorcyclist, the best thing you can do is take steps to be seen. If this doesn’t work and you are involved in an accident, don’t wait to call for help. There is a good chance that you will require immediate medical treatment.

Source: Road and Track, “Why You Don’t ‘See’ Motorcycles on the Road,” Jack Baruth, accessed July 19, 2016