VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – With the sun shining, we’re seeing more people get around on two wheels, rather than four.
On a five-year average, there are a couple of thousand crashes and roughly 1,400 to 1,500 people are injured in motorcycle-related incidents.
John Vavrik, a psychologist with ICBC says drivers will often see a bike, but they can’t perceive how fast it’s going or how close the rider is.
“People make a left hand turn and the motorcycle crashes into them, that’s one of the most common kind of intersection crashes that involve motorcycles.  Basically, people don’t expect many motorcycles on the road.”
He adds often times, the car is to blame when there’s a crash, but it’s a two-way street and really motorcyclists need to assume they are invisible.
“People suffer from what we call ‘inattention blindness.’  They may be looking at a motorcycle but don’t actually see the motorcycle or at least they don’t see accurately what the motorcycle is doing.”