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Vancouver Cyclists - This is One Door Prize You Don't Want to Win

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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                               Vancouver Cyclists - This is One Door Prize You Don't Want to Win

He was an experienced cyclists. And was wearing a helment, reflective gear etc.

The rain had stopped, the clouds parted and it was a beautiful day for a ride down Fourth Avenue to Granville Island. Bridge.

Then it happened.

The driver of  the big black SUV swung her door open into the path of his oncoming bike.

The next thing he knew his right shoulder slammed in the edge of the open door.

Another Vancouver Cyclist is the unintended winner of a "DOOR PRIZE".

Vancouver bicycle accidents, like the one I've just described, happen with shocking regularity.

And the question I'm often asked is whether a cyclist involved in a  Vancouver bicycle accident, know as a "Door Prize" or " Dooring", is entitled to compensation.

The key aspect of this type of case, from the cyclists' perspective, is the ability to anticipate a door being opened into traffic.

The factors that need to be looked at include; the distance the cyclist kept from the driver's side of parked cars; the speed the cyclist was travelling at; the distance the cyclist was from the drivers door when it began to open, merely to name a few.

The bottom line is that bicycle accident cases are very " fact specific" i.e you really need to carefully investigate and examine all the details of what went on if you're going to be successful in getting compensated by ICBC.

So good luck and safe cycling.



Category: Bicycle Accidents

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