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With a bush in the middle of the street I can see visibility being a major issue and causing a few wrecks...



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.
Maybe its not lack of attention but actually lack of being able to see a damn thing through a tree?


PS: I'm just making fun, nice find :).
 

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Yup I like the new Mercedes commercial where the lady has her sleeping son in the car and she falls asleep and drifts into the opposing lane. "My car warned me and saved our lives" she says. Then in the same commercial a guy doesn't see a truck that's stopped "but my car did" he says. I think as motorcyclist we are in big trouble when more of these systems are in lower priced cars and people thing, no, expect the darn thing to protect them. But they won't protect us because we are paying attention and run ourselves off the road trying to not get hit. Where did having some responsibility when your behind the wheel go?
 

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They have eyes and a brain, it's concentrating on texting on their cell phone.

Bill H.
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.

Best thing you can do is to run some hi-viz/auxillary lighting, and create some horizontal movement as you approach a driver waiting to turn left or enter traffic. These help, and then to have an "out" if they start to move.
 

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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.
 

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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.

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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.
Not trying to bash or anything, but how would you know if you didn't see a motorcycle. Something to think about.
 
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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.

Bill H.
I saw the results of a series of mistakes this afternoon.
As I was on my way home I watched a car execute the classic “Left Turn” manoeuvre and bag himself a big black Harley.
There were a few things that were obvious to even the most casual observer.

The Harley rider was dressed in black.... Black pants, jacket, helmet, gloves, boots......black on black on black....on a mat black Harley with a black windshield and no headlights showing.

He was wearing an abbreviated helmet which is why his face was bleeding.
I don’t think his face suffered any permanent disfigurement as he didn’t look that pretty to begin with.

He didn’t cover the front brake as he approached the intersection. It appears that he locked the back wheel. OOooopppsss.

It seems that the rider was fixated on the cars beyond the intersection and didn’t respond to the left turn danger signs.

There is good news, as he crashed in front of a liquor store so he can toast his good luck tonight.
He was up and about in a second and was only leaking a bit from his face.....it’s all good news.....sorta.
 
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