One of the dangers of riding a bicycle in an area where people parallel park their cars is that cyclists are in danger of being hit by drivers' car doors when they open them. In fact, a Somerville, Massachusetts woman recently died when she ran into a car door while on her bicycle.
That is why Dr. Michael Charney wants drivers to do what he calls the "Dutch Reach" when opening their car doors.
This is a maneuver mandated by law in the Netherlands that requires drivers use the hand farthest away from the door to open it. By opening the door this way, drivers are forced to turn their bodies so they are looking directly out the window, making it more likely that they will see approaching bicyclists.
While there are things drivers can do to prevent injuries to bicyclists, riders themselves should follow some simple safety tips to avoid getting hurt, including:
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a bicycle accident involving a car, contact the car accident lawyers at the Arnold Law Firm to find out if you are entitled to compensation.
Our injury attorneys offer a free consultation and do not charge any legal fees unless we recover compensation for our clients.
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