Accidents caused by motorists or their passengers opening their car door unexpectedly are common. Particularly when cyclists and motor bike riders are overtaking parked cars or filtering through traffic. It is almost impossible for motorcyclists or cyclists to anticipate car doors opening on approach particularly at night or during bad weather when visibility is hampered.
However it is fairly straightforward for a driver or passenger of a vehicle to check over their shoulder into the blind spot for any oncoming bike riders. Such action could greatly reduce the number of car door accidents and injuries suffered by cyclists and bike riders.
If you have been injured by a motorist or passenger opening a car door into you or your bike unexpectedly whilst out riding, you are entitled to seek compensation for the injuries. We will also help you to repair or replace your damaged bike, any damaged personal belongings and any equipment.
Car door accidents or ‘dooring’ were responsible for 474 accidents across the UK in 2015, according to the Department for Transport (DfT). Dooring made the news in 2016 thanks to Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary, who sent a 35-year old cyclist flying when he exited his ministerial car without looking.
The Netherlands ‘Dutch Reach’ Manoeuvre
In the Netherlands, what is referred to as the ‘Dutch Reach‘ manoeuvre has been in use by motorists and passengers for many years now to help reduce the number of injuries particulary to cyclists. Children are taught the manoeuvre at school and by their parents. Motorists in the Netherlands are also tested on the manoeuvre as part of their driving test. The Dutch reach manoeuvre is simple to learn and yet it is so effective in helping to avoid a car door collision.