Maybe its not lack of attention but actually lack of being able to see a damn thing through a tree?According to the German Federal Statistical Office, inattentiveness when turning off a road or performing a U-turn is one of the leading causes of accidents on the country’s roads.
I have a device like that - it's called a pair of eyes connected to a brain. Apparently it's not standard equipment for a lot of drivers, though.
It's a convenient boogeyman, but it's not stupidity or cell-phones alone that is to blame, there is science behind why people don't see motorcycles, and it's not something that (according to what I've read) has any common indicator. Police, delivery drivers, soccer moms and even other motorcyclists have pulled in front of a bike and caused an accident.They have eyes and a brain, it's concentrating on texting on their cell phone.
Not trying to bash or anything, but how would you know if you didn't see a motorcycle. Something to think about.Funny thing is, I always see the bike. I wonder why those scientific reasons don't apply to me? And in my experience, when you displace responsibility (for seeing oncoming traffic, or staying in your lane) then humans come to rely on that. I expect people can be taught to actually pay attention. These devices enable innattention. "Hey, the car will let me know if I start drifting into another lane. Let me answer that text". Too bad, when the driver goofs, the engine doesn't shut off for 15 minutes (after a 1 minute warning period) to let the driver think about the error. Or perhaps records the incident and notifies the police to issue a citation. Now that is technology I could support.
I saw the results of a series of mistakes this afternoon.Swingset, was trying for a joke that apparently failed.
Drivers don't see bikes because they arn't looking for bikes, they are looking for cars and trucks, bikes just don't register.
Don't ever believe that the driver has eye contact with you, the odds are great that they are instead looking right past you.