Ah, that's ok then. Because a car is a tonne plus of kinetic weapon cyclists can ride like utter tools (and the bulk of them do) with impunity because they aren't such a deadly risk to others.
Whoever causes a collision/incident/crash is at fault and potentially liable to legal action, either criminal or civil regardless of whether their vehicle has an engine or a roof . That's how it is now, and how it should be. Arguing that I should automatically be at fault because I'm in he car that day because I needed to ferry a weeks worth of uniform and kit to work is utterly preposterous. We're lawfully defined by our actions, not by which seat our arses just happen to be it at any one moment in time
The problem is, disparity in risk.
We can all sit there from various standpoints, and say - "them" you know "them"? Utter cnuts on the road.
I'd agree, that cyclists probably have proportionally as many idiots taking part as any other road user - that's not the point, it's the disparity in risk.
If a car driver and another car driver have a coming together, they can argue the toss about liability, but that won't really matter, what will matter, is the circumstances of the accident, and what the insurers view as being most cost-effective in terms of resolving the matter.
So a bit of metal gets bent back in to shape, or replaced, and some paint gets sprayed. Big deal.
The situation isn't the same with a cyclist on the road - the slightest fender bender in a car, that a driver may not worry about at all costs, could be the different between uninjured and serious injury / death for a cyclist.
At first, when I heard about the idea that cars are given the presumption of liability in a collision betwixt vehicle and cyclist, I thought it abhorrent. But then I considered what's a really good way of creating some incentive that should hopefully highlight the disparity in risk between a cyclist and somebody driving around in a metal box? Presumption of liability may be a blunt, somewhat offensive principle - but it might be the only way to redress the slide in care and consideration given to cyclists from vehicle drivers.
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