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Human brain factors that place motorcyclists at risk

As a motorcycle enthusiast, Florida sunshine may have been one of the things that attracted you to this area. Like others who share your passion, you may look forward to your free time or any opportunity you have to take a journey on two wheels. Perhaps you even save time and money by using your motorcycle to commute to work every day. As a cautious driver, you no doubt pay close attention to traffic regulations as well as your surroundings.

Whether you are an experienced motorcyclist or only recently obtained your motorcycle license, there are several factors to keep in mind that may help you stay as safe as possible as you travel toward your destination. It's also good to know where to seek support if an accident occurs.

Looking doesn't always mean seeing

You can't presume that someone behind the wheel of a car or truck must not have been looking if he or she runs into a motorcyclist on the road because there are situations where a person is looking but not actually seeing what's in front of him or her. The following information further explains that the human brain doesn't always compute what the eyes are seeing in quick enough time to avoid a collision:

  • Many people believe that items that appear larger must be closer in proximity.
  • Studies have been done where instructors asked people to choose between two items to determine which would arrive at a particular landmark before the other. Most participants inevitably chose the larger item even if it wasn't traveling as quickly as the other.
  • Saccadic masking is a term that refers to failure in a human brain to process eye movements. This occurs because if the brain were to exactly process everything the eye takes in, some things would appear as blurs. This explains why a driver can be looking but may not actually see an approaching motorcycle.
  • Quick glances, even if repeated several times, may not be enough for a driver to focus on a motorcycle that is sharing the road. It is more important to look with intent rather than repetitive glances.
  • Motorcyclists are at greatest risk if they are not visible in another driver's mirrors and also when approaching turns or intersections.

Even if a person can produce scientific evidence that human brain function has something to do with not seeing an approaching motorcycle, it does not necessarily mean he or she isn't liable for injuries that occurred in a collision. If you are riding your motorcycle and another driver hits you, you can seek recovery for any losses you suffer in the accident.

Many Florida motorcyclists turn to experienced personal injury attorneys for support as they pursue justice in civil court following motor vehicle collisions.

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