Cycling UK, an organisation that advocates cycling and all related to its activity has urged road users, motorists and cyclists to be better informed and careful on the roads, due to the increasing rate of ‘dooring’ accidents occurring in the UK.
Dooring refers to the accident that occurs as a result of a collision caused by a motorist or passenger opening their car door into a cyclist. The offence is generally not taken seriously as the penalisation for it is not as tough as it could be; currently these offences are issued with fines up to £1,000, despite the severity of the casualties.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents reported that according to the police, bicycle and vehicle collision accidents were mainly caused by either the driver or rider failing to look properly. The Department of Transport recorded statistics of over 3,000 injuries and several deaths between 2011 and 2015, with further government statistics recording an average of 700 injuries and 2 deaths on average per year due to car-dooring.
Cycling UK hopes the government will deal with this issue as a priority where road safety is concerned. Paul Tuohy, the Chief Executive of Cycling UK, has liaised with Jesse Norman, the Transport Minister, to launch a ‘THINK!’ campaign that advises drivers and passengers to check before opening their car door.
This campaign is deeply important due to the severity of the casualties car-dooring can cause. In July 2016, Sam Boulton lost his life as a result of car-dooring, which gained a lot of news coverage highlighting the dangers of these incidents.
“Cycling UK wants to see great awareness made about the dangers of opening your car door negligently, and people to be encouraged to look before they open.”
The charity is also endorsing the ‘Dutch reach’ as part of the campaign, which is a method that originated and is practiced in the Netherlands.
This is when the person opens the car door with the hand that is furthest away from the door as opposed to the nearest hand; this enables the person to look behind them whilst also restricting how far the door opens, which will essentially minimise the risk of accidents.
Julie Leslie, Director of Personal Injury at Duncan Lewis said the following:
“A moment’s inattention when opening a car door can lead to catastrophic injuries for a cyclist. The importance of motorists and passengers thinking first and opening the car door with care cannot be overemphasised.”
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