I was driving to pick up groceries and supplies and while driving I'm not sure what triggered my thinking on this but I started wondering who's at fault if you hit a cyclist that is wearing all dark clothing, no front/back lights, and no reflectors? Basically I'm talking about 'bike ninjas' to anyone new to the forum and just reading this.
Lets assume 3 situations.
1. Car hits bike
2. Bike hits car
3. Bike hits bike
Now I know that being in a car you're higher on the responsiblity chart but honestly being a dual driver/cyclist I can't recall how many times I've had some near close calls with bike ninjas coming out of nowhere. I honestly did not see them dispite my check left traffic then right traffic then a quick glimpse on my right blind spot incase there is a bike there. Now if I hit the bike and call the cops who'll be at fault? Now I know if the bike had lights it would catch my attention quickly and being a driver I know that a bright blinky on a bike will easily let me know were the bike is and let the bike go first but without lights it's sometimes hard to tell where they are.
I'm thinking a bit more on that it's the cyclists at fault for not having the basic (and often required by law at night) lights. Tho I still feel somewhat bad for now seeing them if I hit them. Then again you have some flying bike ninjas that just zoom at 30kph so when you check your blind they're not there but when you're turning they cut you off and fly in front of you and you have to hit the brakes as hard as possible causing the other cars to hard brake and once a car in a line up waiting to turn got rear ended because of this.