Kush asked in Cars & TransportationSafety · 1 month ago

Bicycles, whose fault is it that you get doored?

Is it the responsibility of the bicyclist to watch out for the doors, or the passengers or the driver of the car?

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  • Zheia
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    It's best to ride slightly more than a door width from a parked car, and to look out if there is someone in the driving seat.

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  • zipper
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    The biker, sfter all it is his/her safety issue!

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  • 1 month ago

    It's primarily the responsibility of the cyclist, but at the same time, anyone getting out of a car onto a roadway has a responsibility to look both ways before opening the door to make sure that no vehicles are approaching before opening the door.

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  • 1 month ago

    Bicycles travel the same lane, same direction as cars and MUST obey all traffic laws. Same as cars or motorcycles. They better have liability insurance or they would have to pay out of pocket for damages their bicycles cause. 

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  • 1 month ago

    Drivers who door bicyclists are at fault. They wouldn't do it to a car or truck (though some have). The car door extending into the travel lane when opened is the fault of the driver. Some think it's funny while others are just clueless.

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  • Bort
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    It is the driver and passengers in the vehicle's responsibility to look before opening the door. Especially if they are curb side. I'm surprised these accidents where doors get taken off vehicles don't happen more often than they do where I live because it happens constantly that some idiot whips in a space, throws it in park, swings the door wide open (out in to traffic) and jumps out without looking. That's not a very safe way to get out of a car especially if a person has parked curb-side.

    Your safety is YOUR responsibility. A bike or another vehicle isn't going to be able to stop and miss you or your door if you're the kind of person above when they're going 25mph or faster. Cars don't and can't stop immediately. You can. Or you can wait until it's clear and safe to open the door and get out. That's what people should do.

    Lose your door because you slung it wide open out in to traffic without looking? Your fault.

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  • 1 month ago

    The law says a street side door must never be opened or passengers loaded on that side unless it is clear and safe. Responsibility falls on both, however. Do all you can to avoid running into things and that begins with simply looking where you're going and keeping aware of all conditions around you. When a collision is caused by opening the car door, the driver, or whoever opens the door is faulted and charged. That doesn't put your head back on your neck after you're decapitated.

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  • 1 month ago

    The people in the car who failed to look before swinging an obstruction into the way of everyone else.

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  • 1 month ago

    Passengers or the driver of the car would be at fault.

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  • Kathy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The driver of the car is at fault. He/she need to check before opening the door.

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