Why Drivers Don’t See Motorcycles in Time to Avoid Accidents: A Crucial Perspective for Road Safety

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Road safety is the responsibility of all drivers, regardless of the type of vehicle they use. For motorcycles, a simple collision can be fatal due to their limited physical protection, facing unique risks. One of the main reasons they are impacted is the lack of visibility by cars.

In this note, we will explore the four leading causes of this problem and how they can be addressed to achieve excellent road safety.

Reduced Size

Compared to a car, motorcycles are considerably smaller, affecting drivers’ visual perception. Additionally, they can easily “hide” behind other vehicles, becoming invisible even to attentive drivers.

Blind Spots and Rapid Changes

Blind spots are areas around the vehicle that are not directly visible to the driver. Due to their size and speed, motorcycles can quickly change lanes, overtake other cars, or appear in these areas, leading to accidents.


Different-sized vehicles coexist on the road, and some drivers are not adequately educated on safely sharing the road. This can result in negligent behaviors that pose a considerable risk.


Meteorological factors such as heavy rain or fog drastically reduce visibility on the road. By being smaller, motorcycles can be even harder to see, decreasing the vehicle driver’s ability to react and make safe decisions.

It is crucial to raise awareness and educate all drivers, whether they are in cars, trucks, or motorcycles, to understand the risks associated with their actions and visibility issues. Thus, everyone can take the necessary safety measures to prevent accidents.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.