When it comes to motorists crashing into bicyclists, more often than not, they’ll say that they never saw the person on the bike coming or riding next to them. While it may seem like a simple go-to excuse for anyone to use, science appears to lend credence to that statement.
Depending on when a bicyclist enters a motorist’s field of vision, it may take a while for their brains to process having seen him or her. Research that has been done into this matter would seem to support the fact that it may take as long as two seconds for a motorist to both register a bicyclist’s presence and steer clear or it.
While that length of time may seem relatively quick to most, it’s really not when you consider that a car is continuing to move in the direction of the bicyclist at a relatively high rate of speed.
It’s important for bicyclists to remember that, even if a motorist is traveling as slow as 30 miles per hour, he or she can still travel as far as 55 feet in as little as two seconds. Clearly that means that a motorist can travel even farther if their speed is any higher. As you may imagine, being crashed into at any of these speeds can cause serious injuries or even death.
When coupled with other other factors, such as darkness or the fact that there are so many other things drivers have to be on the lookout for, riding a bicycle expecting to been by a motorist may prove to be difficult.
If you’ve been struck and seriously injured while out riding your bike, then a Los Angeles bicycle accidents attorney can advise you of your rights in your case.