What Is Inattentional Blindness?
Most people have never heard the term “inattentional blindness,” but if you are a bicycle rider, it is important to understand how it can impact you. Cyclists can take every safety precaution available to them and still end up in a crash. If you have been involved in a bicycle crash caused by another party’s negligence, it is important to obtain help from a personal injury lawyer who can help you recover for your medical bills.
You may think that most wrecks occur because the motorist overlooked the cyclist, but it is actually more common that the driver of the vehicle was never looking for a bicycle rider in the first place. This is known as “inattentional blindness.” Because people are more likely to notice events that are consistent with their expectations, it is common for drivers not to notice a bicycle rider in locations where they are not expecting a cyclist to be (i.e. highways, busy intersections, etc.).
When motorists get distracted by their cell phone, eating or grooming, they rarely see a bicycle rider until it is too late. Thus, it is essential for bicycle riders to take every measure possible to make themselves more visible, such as placing lights on their bicycles and following the rules of the road for cyclists.
If you are hit by a negligent driver of a motor vehicle while riding your bicycle, it is imperative that you seek help from an attorney experienced in bicycle accidents and personal injury law. Let the legal team at Rudberg Law Offices, LLC help you get the compensation you deserve for the damages you have suffered.