A common perception about accidents that occur between bicyclists and cars is that they are often caused by the reckless behavior of cyclists. In reality, cyclists are at fault in bike and automobile accidents less than ten percent of the time.
The most common type of crash between a car and a bicycle happens when the driver of the car fails to stop completely at an intersection or proceeds through the intersection when it is unsafe to do so. The second most common type of accident occurs when drivers attempt to pass or overtake a cyclist in an unsafe manner. Finally, the other most common type of accident happens when drivers hit a passing cyclist when they fail to look for cyclists before opening their doors into traffic.
There are some strategies that can be implemented to help reduce accidents that involve cyclists. These include greater driver education and stronger policies that put more emphasis on cyclist safety.