Tuesday, September 12, 2006

"Sorry mate but I didn't see you"

Originally posted to El Cantar de la Lluvia on Monday, April 24, 2006

According to the document "Road Safety Research Report No.54: In-depth Study of Motorcycle Accidents" (PDF), prepared by David D. Clarke et al. of the School of Psychology, University of Nottingham (UK), published November 2004 for the London Department for Transport, concerning traffic accidents involving motorcyclists, two relevant points should be made:

  • "There seems to be a particular problem surrounding other road users’ perception
    of motorcycles, particularly at junctions. Such accidents often seem to involve
    older drivers with relatively high levels of driving experience who nonetheless
    seem to have problems detecting approaching motorcycles.

  • "Motorcyclists themselves seem to have far more problems with other types of
    accident, such as those on bends, and overtaking or ‘filtering’ accidents.
The rest of the document is certainly very interesting, but I'd like to focus on the first point mentioned above, not with words, but with a video, also prepared and produced in the UK.

If you know a driver that does not own a motorbike, send them the address of this post (i.e., this link).

Perhaps next time they move into an intersection, or turn left on a two-way street, they'll remember us, the bikers.