What is Dooring and who Does it Affect?

Whether it is your main mode of transportation or simply a way to get some exercise, riding a bicycle in Knoxville has many benefits. However, doing so also means sharing the road with much larger vehicles, such as cars, SUV’s and tractor-trailers. At Cantrell, Goodge & Associates, we know that getting into an accident on your bike can be very serious and have lasting consequences.

One danger that looms large every time you get on your bike is getting hit by someone opening their car door because they did not see you. According to Reader’s Digest, this is sometimes known as “dooring.” One study found that 20 percent of bicycle accidents in Chicago were the result of dooring. While this phenomenon may be especially prevalent in urban areas, it can happen anywhere.

You should, of course, practice caution every time you take your bike out for a ride. However, there is also something that drivers can do to play their part. Originating in the Netherlands, a very bicycle-friendly country, the technique is called the “Dutch Reach.” It is as simple as a driver using his or her right hand to open the door when existing their vehicle. This forces them to twist their body enough that any approaching biker will be seen, either in the mirror or out the window.

Bicycle accidents can result in severe injuries that affect your ability to work and turn your life upside down. For more information on bicycle crashes involving cars, please visit our web page.

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