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'Element of surprise' explains why motorcycles are greater traffic hazard than cars

?I didn?t see it, because I wasn?t expecting it there,? might be the more accurate excuse for motorists who have just crashed into a bus or a motorcycle. The mere fact that such vehicles are less common than cars on our roads actually makes it harder for drivers to notice them, research shows. This so-called ?low-prevalence effect? increases the likelihood of accidents.
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