To restate the painfully obvious--the "down" side of riding a motorcycle in this country is that most drivers aren't looking for motorcycles, because they don't ride themselves and have never been taught to look for motorcycles or scooters.
It may have been David Hough in his Proficient Motorcycling
books who taught us that part of riding a motorcycle is playing a mental game of "what if" and thus anticipating what a nearby driver might do next.
You should be constantly asking yourself "what might he/she do next?" (for vehicles that are around you and especially in front of you) and planning accordingly--either by slowing down, giving the vehicle in question more space, moving over away from them in your lane, hanging back, etc as the situation requires.
Obviously, there is a practical limit to all this, but old bikers get to be old bikers (in part) by being 2 steps ahead of nearby hazards before the looming "trap" can close on them.
This is one reason why riding a motorcycle is a higher calling (so to speak) because of the above--it demands more attention and concentration than driving a car or truck. To stay alive, riding a motorcycle is a thinking man's/woman's activity.
But hey, don't take my word for it. To see all this for yourself, click on the following link, and then click "collision traps":