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Why motorcyclists are more vulnerable on the roads 

On Behalf of | Jun 22, 2022 | Auto Accidents

The climate in Florida makes it an excellent place for motorcyclists. After all, it’s not called “The Sunshine State” without reason. Usually, motorcyclists can enjoy their leisurely rides or get to work on time during the commute. 

Sadly, it’s not all good news and accidents do occur. In fact, motorcyclists are arguably the most vulnerable people on the roads. Why is this? 

Inattentional blindness 

Motorcycles are more difficult to see for a number of reasons. First, they are much narrower in stature than other vehicles. However, there seems to be more to it than this. 

Research suggests that the visual systems of drivers are simply not attuned to seeing cyclists or motorcyclists. They may be looking straight at them, but still not notice them and pull out of an intersection anyway. This phenomenon is known as “inattentional blindness” and it causes many accidents every year. 

Lack of protection 

As a motorcyclist, you might have a helmet, leathers, gloves and boots, but there is no metal frame that surrounds you. If you fall off or get hit, you’re essentially on your own. 

Your helmet and other gear will offer you some protection, but it’s nowhere near the level that is afforded to cars and trucks. For this reason, motorcyclists are far more likely to suffer catastrophic injuries and even fatalities during a crash. 

As a motorcyclist, you have every right to utilize the roadways in safety. Sadly, not everyone sees it this way and collisions do occur. If you’ve been hurt because another driver was negligent, you may be able to hold them liable in court.