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Does inattentional blindness put motorcyclists at risk?

| Jun 5, 2020 | Motorcycle Accidents |

California motorcyclists like you already deal with plenty of danger on the road. You face higher rates of serious crashes and severe injuries than other motorists. You also face a higher percentage of fatalities per crash. This means that anything dangerous to other motorists is even more dangerous to you.

Today we will talk about one of these potential risks. Inattentional blindness is a driver distraction. It may result in a driver crashing into you.

Inattentional blindness, focus and distraction

The American Psychological Association discusses inattentional blindness as a psychological phenomenon. When you aren’t driving, it helps you out a lot in daily life. You could not function in day to day life without inattentional blindness. It allows you to focus on one thing and ignore the details of what surrounds it. In essence, the brain decides what is important to you in any given moment. It focuses there and cuts out extraneous information.

The dangers of distracted driving

This does not work out for the best when driving, though. A driver needs to multitask at all times. Without doing so, a surprise danger can easily sneak up on them. Inattentional blindness acts as a type of distracted driving because of this. And as you know, distracted driving behaviors create danger for everyone else on the road.

Unfortunately, motorcyclists often suffer from the brunt of driver distraction. You do not have the same protection as a covered vehicle. You are smaller, so other drivers are less likely to see you. This means motorcyclists like you get hit even without outside factors. Because of that, it poses specific threat to you that other motorists do not face.

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