It is generally accepted that driving a motorcycle is one of the most dangerous ways to travel on the road. This danger is often attributed to the beliefs that motorcyclists drive at considerable speeds, engage in dangerous behavior such as overtaking against oncoming traffic and they have very little protection against the effects of an accident. However, recent studies have shown that these factors are perhaps not the main reasons why riding a motorcycle is so dangerous.
A study has been conducted to assess how drivers behave in relation to the appearance of a motorcycle when they are behind the wheel. The findings were surprising because motorcycles were not spotted as frequently as they perhaps should have been.
How do drivers react to the presence of motorcycles?
In the study, drivers were observed on whether they noticed the appearance of a motorcycle when they weren’t expecting it to appear. In this experiment, drivers missed the presence of an unexpected taxi 31 percent of the time. However, the rate of failure more than doubled when it came to the successful spotting of motorcycles. The drivers failed to notice unexpected motorcycles 65 percent of the time.
This experiment gives reason to suggest that a contributing factor to the occurrence of motorcycle accidents may be that drivers simply fail to notice them on the road, and therefore, do not react appropriately to the situation.
If you have been in an accident as a motorcyclist, it is important that you stand up for your right to a fair insurance settlement in the state of New York.