Research As To Why Motorists Fail To See Motorcyclists

As seen in various posts throughout this website, one of the recurring causes of Illinois motorcycle accidents – as well as motorcycle accidents in general – is that other motorists, for a variety of reasons, fail to see motorcyclists.  Many Illinois motorcycle accidents have occurred when a motorist suddenly makes a left-hand turn in front of an oncoming motorcyclist, causing a collision.  (Statistics regarding Illinois motorcycle accidents in 2012 and their causes can be found in the December 27, 2013 post titled “2012 Statistics Concerning Illinois Motorcycle Accident Fatalities.”)

A January 30, 2014 Medline Plus article titled “Drivers Often Unaware of Motorcycles, Raising Crash Risk:  Study” discusses research as to why motorists may not be seeing motorcyclists.

While this entire article and the underlying research is notable, here is one excerpt:

The findings suggest that drivers often fail to see motorcyclists partly because motorcycles are not common on roads, and drivers aren’t on the lookout for them, Beanland said in a journal news release.

“Drivers have more difficulty detecting vehicles and hazards that are rare, compared to objects that they see frequently,” she said.

Additional information can be seen in the Medline Plus article mentioned above.


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