STRICT LIABILITY - Drive Carefully
In the Netherlands, it's always the motorist at fault, under the 'strict liability' law.
Hans Voerknecht, International coordinator, Fiets Beraad ('Bicycle Council'), explains how this works in practice. For instance, it doesn't mean 'terrorist cyclists' smashing into static cars for compensation payments: motorists are not liable in these cases. But, when moving, motorists have a duty of care not to hit vulnerable road users.
The UK is only one of four Western European countries that doesnt have 'strict liability' to protect cyclists and pedestrians.