Cyclists can potentially come across all kinds of dangers and potential hazards while they are out and about on their bikes. Riding on the roads is expected of cyclists – indeed it is illegal to ride on the pavements. However, it is important to be alert for any potential hazards so you stand a chance of being as safe as possible if you cycle on a regular basis.
One such example of something that can happen to a cyclist is a cycling door opening accident. This is when someone opens their car door in front of a cyclist without first looking to make sure no one is coming up beside them. By doing so the door can knock the cyclist into the road, potentially leading to them suffering some severe injuries.
Can injuries suffered in a cycling door opening accident be serious?
They can be – it all depends on the circumstances. Very often the cyclist will be knocked over, and since they are in the road there is the potential for them to be knocked into traffic. If this happened they could be run over as a result, which could indeed be very serious for them.
Injuries could be anything from cuts and scrapes to more serious injuries including crush injuries if they are hit by a car. A lot therefore, will depend on how busy the road is and where exactly the accident happens. However, even if the cyclist is out of the way of cars and other vehicles there is a real possibility they could end up hitting their head on the road or breaking bones as a result of the sudden fall.
Would this be proof of negligence?
Clearly anyone opening a car door has a responsibility to check and see if anyone is in their way before they open that door. If they do not do this and they open the door into the path of the cyclist, they have been negligent in their actions.
This is why there are cases where cyclists have been in touch with Accident Advice Helpline to launch a no win, no fee* compensation claim for the injuries they have received in such circumstances. If you think you could do the same, call us today completely free on 0800 689 0500. You never know whether you might be entitled to make that claim until you call.
Date Published: June 12, 2015
Author: David Brown