An Indiana newspaper came out with a piece recently documenting the high number of accidents involving motorcycles and cars. The article noted that many of the accidents were the product of the car driver failing to yield the right of way to the motorcyclist, and postulated that the reason for this is that drivers are not used to looking for motorcyclists after their absence in winter months and have a harder time gauging the speed of motrocycles.
The crashes examined all involved significant injuries, including head injuries, fractures, and deaths.
The writer of the article likeoly has a point about the root causes of these accidents, and it would be interesting to see whether there are studies which verify the point. When deposing the defendant in a car accident case, you often hear the defendant say that the plaintiff “came out of nowhere”.
From a scientific standpoint, people obviously do not suddently materialize, but if there are barriers to perception, that can actually be an honest answer, even if it is one that does not absolve the car driver from his or her responsibility to yield the right of way.