When people think about how they see the world, they often assume that they see everything in front of them, all the time. They may not focus on small details, but they still see them. Right?
Not really. Science experts note that the eye is actually fairly similar to a radar screen, meaning that it is always interpreting what it sees and gathering new information. But it does not just have that information instantly. Just like the radar runs around in an endless circle, updating with each and every revolution, the eye is always attempting to update the picture.
With large, slow-moving objects, it can do this easily. With small objects that are moving quickly, though, it has a little more trouble. These objects may not register or “stick,” even though the person is technically looking at them. The eye just needs a little more time to really interpret what it sees. The mind may even attempt to fill in the gaps with memories or the things the person expects to see.
This is one of the big reasons that people pull out into the path of oncoming motorcycles, whether they are turning left, pulling out of a driveway or doing something similar. They often argue that they looked and didn’t see anything, and they may not be lying. They just did not look for long enough for the eye to actually add the motorcycle into the overall picture. Then they pulled right out in front of it.
If you get injured in a motorcycle accident, make sure you know what legal options you have.