The Dangers of Dooring

Tim Beasley, Head of Catastrophic Injury at Levenes can often be seen out on his bike and motorists behind him can sometimes be heard to sound their horns at their frustration of being behind him.  This is not because Tim is slow – although he is – it is because he always rides well clear of what is known as the “door zone”.

Open a car door to its widest extent and you will find the door zone. A quick search on YouTube will reveal plenty of examples of what this can look like and how dangerous it can be for cyclists and motorcyclists, and how to avoid it.

In the door zone

Clear of the door zone

Sadly, all too often drivers do not check their mirrors or blind spots, nor do they use what has become known as the “Dutch Reach” when opening their doors. The Dutch are apparently taught to open their car door with the hand furthest away from the door. This movement of the arm across the body makes the head and body naturally turn towards the door making it more likely that you will actually look through the window to see that the road is clear.

Tim and Lyuba Karakaneva have recently dealt with and settled a claim for a man who suffered this type of incident with severe consequences. He was cycling along a road having, ironically, just been to his local bike shop and was passing a taxi when the driver suddenly opened the door, knocking him to the ground.

The ‘Dutch Reach’

Settlement for cyclist Injured by “dooring”

The client had to have surgery including a hip replacement. He was not to blame for the accident at all but has had to suffer the consequences. The insurers of the taxi driver took a sensible view and paid for all of the client’s treatment. It would have been harsh for them to blame the cyclist and they did not.  The blame lies with the driver for not looking when he opened his door.

Injuries caused by car doors being opened into the path of cyclists and motorcyclists happen quite often and sometimes have very serious and even fatal consequences.

Levenes have conducted many of these cases to a successful conclusion and although they can sometimes involve a fight, we do not recall ever losing such a case.

Tim continues to cycle to work and for leisure despite all the cycling accident cases he deals with and he always tries to steer clear of the door zone, even if that means drivers getting on their horns behind him.

Cycling accident compensation claims

Our specialist lawyers can help cyclists involved in an accident recover compensation. You will need expert advice on what action you can take to obtain accident compensation.

You can trust in the experience and knowledge of our team of professional cycling injury lawyers to ensure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation that you are entitled to.

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The Dangers of Dooring

31 Jan 2022Road Traffic Accident

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