I always expect EVERY vehicle IS going to pull out in front of me but that gets you only so far. When you're doing 55 down the highway and there's a side road intersecting the highway, unfortunately you have to have some trust in that driver. You can't slow down to a crawl or you'll get hit from behind. I try and look for my "way out" if they would pull out in front of me. Eye contact helps and move around in you lane to be seen. Some people flash the high beams but the driver could think you're signaling them to go. That's debatable.
One thing I think most riders lack is to add some extra lights. So many riders go down the road depending on that 1157 bulb from China to work. Face it folks, bulbs burn out. My bike has the factory brake light and 4 more red LED's on the trunk, mounted up high. Two burn with that parking lights and all 5 come on with the brake. Two of those flash for 3 seconds as well. Then I've also added one red and one amber LED to each side of the bike as side markers. They're mounted up high same as the brake lights.
One thing I did some time ago was to change where we ride. I no longer go through the really congested areas. We ride for pleasure and I don't commute to work or the store on the bike. The only time my bike goes through a congested area is when it's in the trailer behind the motorhome. I'm not saying an accident can't happen out in the country but the fewer cars there are, the better.
I only wish there was a law requiring deer and elk to be fitted with amber strobe lights and dogs had to be fenced in their yards. I've found that if you get to far back on the country roads, the dogs come after you. If you stick to the main country highways, the cars have already killed the dogs that chase cars. Also it seems that if you stop and yell at the dog, they run back to their yard. The "fun" for them is over.
There was this dog once that I passed by "his" house all the time. NOTE: It could have been a female, I never looked. Anyway,,,,, That sucker wouldn't stop and chased me every day. A hand full of gravel at 55 MPH (plus as hard as I could throw it at that speed) solved his issues. Pay backs are a bitch! After that he'd hear me coming and head for the porch. Chicken shit little mutt!
PS: Sell that black jacket to someone you don't like and buy yourself a "High Vis" one. Same with your helmet and gloves.
Double PS: I know some of you guys ride that camouflage painted KLR. Is that the best idea??????