Bicycle accidents can be very dangerous and often result in serious injuries and even fatalities for cyclists involved in these accidents. While many cities have started planning for cyclists by making bicycle lanes, rural roads can still be very hazardous for cycling.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is targeting hybrid and electric vehicles in an attempt to increase pedestrian and bicyclist safety in the U.S. The NHTSA and safety advocates say that many pedestrian and bicycle accidents have been caused by people not hearing hybrid and electric vehicles approaching.
Bicyclists know the danger "dooring" - when the door of a parked car suddenly opens and blocks the path of a bicyclist who otherwise would be passing by - but not all drivers are aware of the hazard they may create when getting out of their cars. Therefore, to raise awareness of the issue and reduce the number of these bicycle accidents, Illinois is tracking dooring accidents as crashes on Illinois law enforcement crash forms for the first time.