Illinois Department of Transportation statistics report 1,700 to 2,000 bicycle crashes each year, of which 17 were fatal in 2009. Many a Chicago bicycle accident is simply that: unlucky circumstances claiming a victim. Others, though, were the direct result of driver error. One of the best ways to protect yourself from that error is to understand the top causes of bicycle-motor vehicle collisions.
Drivers backing or fronting out of a parking spot or driveway may be looking for cars, but won’t be watching the sidewalks. If they miss you, it’s possible you won’t miss them as they pull into the path of your bike. Best defense: ride in the bike or car lane, where drivers are looking for you.