When Drivers Don’t See Motorcycles

Motorcycle Crash

West Palm Beach motorcycle accident lawyer Stephen J. Press works diligently to assist motorcycle accident clients. These individuals often suffer terrible injuries, for their bikes don’t provide a barrier, and are much lighter than other motor vehicles. While the reasons for accidents are many, all too often the driver simply claims that he didn’t see the motorcyclist.

Alarming Statistics for the Rider

A Department of Public Safety study reported that by far the most common cause of motorcycle accidents is drivers who don’t see the rider. Some change lanes into the path of the motorcyclist, or even broadside him. Many follow too closely, while others turn in front of the motorcycle. The result: Considering that 4,500 motorcyclists die annually, well over 2,000 lose their lives simply because they are “invisible” to the driver.

Why Drivers Don’t See Motorcycles

To some extent, the reason drivers don’t see motorcycle riders is a mystery. Serious psychological studies have actually been conducted without a conclusive answer. However, the problem likely has much to do with the nature of the motorcycle, as well as the habits of drivers.

More often nowadays motorists are in a frenzy to get to their destinations—whether it be work, their daughter’s softball game, or merely to get a latte. Carelessness is the order of the day. Also, some drivers rely solely on their rear-view mirrors for making lane changes; motorcycles are small enough to be hidden in blind spots.

The size of the motorcycle likely contributes to the rider’s “invisibility.” Motorcycles are much smaller and narrower—so much that often they share a lane with a car. The speed and agility of the motorcycle allows for it to zip around other vehicles; if a driver fails to keep a keen eye, he may look one moment to a clear lane, then move over directly into the path of the biker. Riders can’t stop their bikes as quickly as cars.

Common Injuries

If you are hurt in an accident and another motorist is at fault, West Palm Beach motorcycle accident lawyer Stephen J. Press may be able to help you gain compensation. Motorcycle accident victims often suffer profound injuries, including:

  • Broken bones
  • Internal injury to organs
  • Scarring
  • Spinal injuries
  • Trauma to the head, including brain injury

An accident victim may need extensive and prolonged medical care, and many are not able to work. You may be able to recover damages for medical costs, loss of work time, pain, suffering, scarring, and more.

Call for Assistance

“I didn’t see the motorcycle” is not a valid excuse for causing an accident. If you suffer an injury at the hands of a negligent driver, call West Palm Beach motorcycle accident lawyer Stephen J. Press for a free consultation at (888) 808-2772.