The momentary carelessness of a driver opening their car door onto a cyclist or motorbike can have serious consequences.


I have acted on behalf of both cyclists and motorbikers who sustained serious injury following the opening of a car door. I briefly state two below examples:


The motorcyclist, aged 19, was a trainee roofer at the time.  He was on his way home passing a row of parked cars when a driver negligently opened his door on to him. The car door struck him with force against the left knee and he came off the bike. The young man suffered a severe fracture of the left knee causing a lengthy hospital stay, surgeries and the risk of a future knee replacement. He was unable to return to his chosen profession as a roofer due to being unable to climb ladders or work safely at height.  His life had been devastated by the thoughtless act of the driver opening his door.


The cyclist, aged 24, was a teacher, who was cycling for sport at the weekend.  He was cycling when he was overtaken by a car that pulled into the roadside slightly ahead of him.  The cyclist moved out further giving the car more room when the driver opened his door just as the cyclist past.  As a result the top corner of the door caught the cyclist across his jaw, breaking it, and lacerating his face disfiguring him for life.  The cyclist required extensive surgery to fix the jaw, and repair the damaged skin.  He went through a long period of rehabilitation to improve the use of his jaw, and counselling for his scarring.  


In both of the above cases, serious injury could have been avoided had the occupant of the car checked first for passing traffic before they opened their door. 


Section 239 of the Highway Code states the following:-

- You MUST ensure you do not hit anyone when you open your door. Check for cyclists or other traffic. 

- It is safer for your passengers to get out of the vehicle on the side next to the kerb. 


If you have suffered serious injury as a result of a road traffic collision then rehabilitation will be crucial to your recovery.  The earlier rehabilitation is provided the better the chances of maximising your outcome from treatment. 


Moore Blatch LLP, is the winner of the "Rehabilitation First Awards 2017" Award for collaboration in rehabilitation.  We are recognised as leaders in seeking from the insurance company funds to meet the cost of rehabilitation and implementation of a rehabilitation programme.


If you have suffered serious injury as a result of an accident then contact our Award winning team on freephone 0800 157 7611 or by e-mail matthew.claxson@mooreblatch.com