There has been a disturbing trend of cyclists being injured or killed as a result of collisions or attempts to avoid collisions, specifically from car door openings also known as car-dooring.
As the number of cyclists on our roads increases, motorists, and in some instances passengers, should be more aware of the likelihood of riders on the street and be mindful when opening car doors.
Motorists should treat cyclists on the road as they do any other vehicle and give them appropriate space and consideration on our roads. Drivers and passengers should get into the habit of doing a head check before opening the car door, just like checking for blind spots when driving.
In 1995, the laws were improved to cover cyclists who have been hit by an opening car door. However, many injured cyclists are not aware of their right to entitlements under the state’s motor vehicle injury insurance scheme and, as a result, are not getting access to medical care and compensation.
The area of law relating to cyclists is complex and it is important that cyclists seek independent legal advice if they’ve been in an accident involving a vehicle or a near-miss with a vehicle.
With the growing popularity of recreational and commuter cycling, the number of bicycles on our roads is set to increase further in the future. As such, it has become even more important that motorists take precautions to reduce the risk of cycling injuries.