Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Motorists to Blame; 87% of Accidents Not Cyclists' Fault

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Motorists to Blame; 87% of Accidents Not Cyclists' Fault

Article excerpt

NEARLY nine out of 10 accidents involving cyclists and cars in Australia are the fault of the motorist, new research has found.

The research also recommends introducing new road rules enforcing safe passing distances for cars.

Drivers were at fault in 87% of incidents with cyclists and most did not realise they had behaved in a reckless or unsafe manner, according to the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) and The Amy Gillett Foundation.

The three-year study into cyclist safety on the roads used mounted video camera footage, as well as helmet-mounted cameras worn by cyclists, to determine the main causes of road accidents between cyclists and motorists.

Fifty-four events were recorded, including two collisions, six near-collisions and 46 other incidents.

The helmet camera study found that of the 54 incidents recorded, more than 88% of cyclists travelled in a safe and legal way.

Conversely, drivers changing lanes and turning left without indicating or looking were the cause of more than 70% of the incidents, Amy Gillett Foundation chief executive officer Tracey Gaudry said. …

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