“Inattentional blindness” may lead to deadly accidents

On Behalf of | Jan 19, 2022 | Auto Accident Injuries, Blog, Motorcycle Accidents

Drivers must pay attention to everything on the road or face an increased risk of an accident. Even Oklahoma motorists who try to be as safe as possible make mistakes, such as changing lanes when a motorcycle is in the way. A driver might not deliberately veer in a motorcycle’s direction. Instead, failing to double-check a blindspot causes the collision, although some drivers may crash into a clearly visible bike.

The invisible motorcyclist on the road

Blindspot warning technology may help reduce collisions since the alerts warn drivers about a car or motorcycle outside their line of vision. Looking at mirrors and the lane before moving right or left is necessary as well. Otherwise, an avoidable crash may happen. Incredibly, some crashes happen when the driver sees a motorcycle but ignores their presence.

Research about collisions published in the journal Human Factors may shock safety-conscious drivers and motorcyclists. The study called attention to problems surrounding inattentional blindness, which refers to someone’s perplexing inability to see an object in plain sight. So, a driver might see a motorcycle in an intersection but makes a left turn anyway. Such behaviors might result in accidents, possibly fatal ones.

A possibly weak defense after an accident

A driver may state he or she did not see a motorcyclist, but such claims might not work well during a personal injury lawsuit. If witnesses or dashcam footage shows the motorcycle in plain sight and the driver crashing into it, the driver may have a challenging time in court defending the mishap. Motorcycle accidents involving gross negligence, such as the driver turning on red when a sign clearly says not to, would likely compound the driver’s troubles.

An insurance settlement might cover the loss. Auto liability insurance covers a wide range of negligent actions.

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