Eye Can’t See You: a Motorcyclist’s Worst Nightmare

February 8, 2019
On behalf of The Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg Posted in Car Accident

When you drive in your car, you are able to be protected from so many elements. First, you don’t feel the temperature of the outside world because you can control the thermostat from within. Second, you do not get to feel the wind push your body around. It can sometimes push your car around, but it takes stronger gusts. Third, in a car, you don’t have to worry about sudden downpours or whether the road is grave or has potholes. In a car, your life isn’t as threatened as it is when you are on a motorcycle. It is just a fact. Some people prefer to ride their motorcycles than their car or a car because they prefer the freedom that comes with riding a motorcycle. However, when riding a motorcycle the level of defensive driving you must maintain is exhausting.

Cars Can’t See You

Our eyes are powerful organs that do more work than we know. Our brains are constantly processing information, and it is too overwhelming to process all the information at once. So, when you are driving your car, your brain sorts through your surroundings by priority. Unfortunately, motorcycles and bicycles are just not a top priority for our brains. Our eyes are looking at everything, but our brain isn’t letting us see everything. Psychologists call this a “looked but failed to see” phenomenon. This phenomenon explains why cars, when they hit a motorcyclist, typically exclaim “I never saw you there!”. They are speaking a half-truth. They really didn’t see you there because the brain didn’t process that image, but the eyes really did capture it.

California has allowed for lane splitting which means that motorcyclists can now drive down the middle of lanes without any penalty. The problem with this isn’t that motorcyclists can reach their destination faster, but cars are more likely not to see when a motorcyclist is coming. The verdict is still out there to see if more or fewer accidents will result from this new law change, but what shouldn’t matter is that you are riding a motorcycle. Just because you choose to drive something that comes with more risk does not mean that you are any less respected as a river on the road or a human with an injury.

What To Do

Motorcycle accidents can result in injuries such as lacerations, broken bones, severed limbs, or major head or back trauma. The range of injuries is great depending on the speed of the two vehicles and the position of the two vehicles. Regardless of how you got hurt, you will need a solid motorcycle crash lawyer on your side to ensure that you are getting fairly represented and adequately compensated for your injuries. Don’t let issuance companies bully you because you chose to drive a more risky vehicle. Don’t let a driver get away because they think they didn’t see you. Call 310-997-0904 or click here to reach out to our qualified attorneys at the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg in Los Angeles today.


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