When a driver ignores objects that are directly in his or her path, it's called attentional blindness. That's why he or she will say "where'd you come from?" or "I didn't see him" even though you were right there with your lights for some time. Distractions like cell phones, or even adjusting the radio, make it worse. I always try to keep a 50 foot safety bubble around me (isn't always possible, of course, but we have to try) and project the angles of intersection (read: collision) if some yahoo starts to drift. Naturally, I've had some close calls, too, like the fool who looks right at you and then jumps the stop sign anyway. You can also anticipate the troublemakers if you see the hand up to the ear (they are either holding a cell phone, or their idiot brains in their skull). Lights do help (I recently converted my headlight to LCD, and I notice a definite improvement in getting the attention of other drivers). If I have to, I let them know I'm there with a blast of my air horn, which makes them some jump (and hopefully wet themselves, too). Stay safe.
2008 VN900 Custom