Common advice given to new motorcyclists by experienced riders is, “Assume you are invisible and operate your motorcycle accordingly.”
Two-thirds of all car-motorcycle accidents are caused by the automobile driver, not the rider. Drivers either don’t see or don’t bother to look out for something smaller than the average car. Consequently, almost 70 percent of wrecks involving motorcycles happen at street intersections where cars turn in front of motorcycles or rear-end them.
The difference in size makes a collision between a car and motorcycle especially dangerous for the rider, resulting in catastrophic or even fatal injuries.