Every now and then I like to go to YouTube and watch traffic crash videos. You’ll find plenty of them because many people in Russia (and a few other countries out that way) run dash cams — I assume for insurance reasons. The following video is typical:
You can also find many videos showing pedestrians getting plowed by motor vehicles. Here’s an example:
I find it curious, however, that you can’t find many videos showing bicycle collisions with motor vehicles. There are the occasional single-accident videos, but I have yet to find a traffic bicycling compilation. Bicycle racing makes up the vast majority of bicycle crash compilations. I wonder why.
Be that as it may, I like to watch these kinds of things every once in a while to remind myself what can happen when things go wrong. But I also like seeing how crashes set up, i.e. what choices drivers make and how those choices affect the eventual collision.
These videos constantly reinforce for me the idea that danger is ahead — mostly at intersections — and not so much behind. So, yeah, I stop when traffic controls indicate that I must do so. I watch. I listen. I take responsibility for my own safety.