Originally Posted by DiabloScott
The kid was riding on the wrong side of the road, driver was looking for traffic coming from the left before turning right on the highway... driver never even saw what she hit.
The amazing thing is that so many people think riding against traffic is safer somehow and they tell their kids to do it. When I'm driving I'm extra aware of cyclists and their safety - but the closest calls I've ever had were riders on the sidewalk or riding on the wrong side of the road.
I also an extra aware of cyclists and their safety. 4 things have caused my closest calls. Two of them are the same as yours, riders on the wrong side of the road, and riders on the sidewalk. The other 2 are riders riding in crosswalks, and night time riders with no lights. My closest calls with riders in crosswalks have been when the rider was going on the left side of the intersection as the rider is facing it, i.e. typically riding on the sidewalk on the side of the street facing traffic and then continuing into the crosswalk. This makes the rider very vulnerable to people making right hand turns from the cross street, as well as people coming from the same direction as the rider making left turns across the crosswalk, who have no idea a fast moving 2 wheeled vehicle is coming from behind and to the left as they turn across the crosswalk.
The only people I have personally witnessed after being hit on a bike by a car were in crosswalks. The only time a child at one of my wife's schools was killed on a bike was in a crosswalk going home from school.
I do think that a lot of hammering home safety considerations can keep kids from riding at night without lights, and sometimes from riding on the wrong side of the road. Keeping kids from riding on sidewalks and in crosswalks is really hard, so I emphasize that if they are going to do those unsafe things, they need to look carefully in all directions before crossing a driveway, or before crossing in a crosswalk, and always assume that cars do not see you, unless you have clear eye contact with the driver.
You may feel safer in a crosswalk or on the sidewalk, or when you can see cars coming towards you, you won't feel that way when you are dead or in the hospital.