Hey all, this is a copy and paste from my other time waster, the FZ1OA. I felt it to be so accurate, I had to post it here. It's written by a rider from Houston Texas "Fast Frank".
The blind guy theory
In my response to another thread, I mentioned "The blind guy theory". As usual, this concept was promptly shot down by somebody that does not understand what the blind guy theory is.
So, as a public service, I'm going to explain the blind guy theory here.
Simply put, The blind guy theory is:
There are some drivers out there that flat-out CANNOT see you.
There is no room to debate this. It's happened to me, it's happened to you, and it's going to happen to everybody else sooner or later.
It goes something like this-
The car is sitting at a stopsign, waiting to turn left.
Here comes the bike.
The driver looks to his left (right at the bike).
Here comes the bike.
The driver looks to the right. No traffic.
The bike is getting close now.
The driver looks back to the left.
The rider looks right into the eyes of the driver.
The driver pulls right out in front of the bike.
Now, how in the world could something like this happen?
Is this deliberate murder?
I think that the true answer to this question comes when you ask the driver why he (or she) just killed a rider.
And it's always the same answer. "I just didn't see him".
How could this be? We know that we were looking right into the eyes of that driver before he pulled out!
Is this a lie? I think not.
I can't believe for a minute that some housewife with her kids in the car went "Not yet. Let him get closer. Wait, Wait, O.K.-NOW!"
before plowing some guy she never met into hamburger.
No, I believe that she (or he) really didn't see the bike.
So it seems that for some unknown reason, under some unknown circumstance, it is possible for a driver to look directly at a bike and not have it register on their brain.
This driver is the blind guy.
Now, we can debate the causes all day. We can talk about sun blinding, optical illusions, differences in size causing mis judged distance, distraction by way of cell phone, drunks, alien abduction, or whatever.
It makes no difference, and changes nothing. The fact is that the blind guy is out there.
You can deny his existance, but it will not make him go away.
Here's the part where I feel it's important that I tell you about the blind guy.
You see, there is one, and only one, defence against the blind guy.
You have to know that he exists, and deliberately never, ever allow him to run over your ass.
There are some folks that will say"I'm going to hang a bunch of lights on my bike, wear an orange vest, make faces, and wave. Then, they will see me!"
Sorry, but to think like this is to deny the existance of the blind guy. Denying the existance of the blind guy could lead to a closed casket funeral. Not good.
You see, I believe that flashing lights at the blind guy is exactly equal to shouting at the deaf man. It might make you feel like you're doing some good, but it acomplishes nothing.
Now, I'm aware that some (probably most) of the people out there can see me. I'm not saying don't do anything to improve visibility. I'm quite sure that adding lights and bright colors will help the people that CAN see you notice that you are there.
What I'm saying is that you should never let a light bulb lead you into thinking that you are safe from the blind guy.
THERE IS ONLY ONE DEFENCE AGAINST THE BLIND GUY. YOU HAVE TO KNOW THAT HE EXISTS AND DELIBERATELY NEVER, EVER ALLOW HIM TO RUN OVER YOUR ASS.
So there it is.
I hope that at least one of you can grasp this and use it to stay alive.
For the rest of you... Well, I tried. Now go ahead and flame away. I don't mind.