Not Such a Trivial Pursuit
Hitting someone with a car door may sound trivial but it has been involved in the deaths of dozens of cyclists around the world over the last 10 years.
“Dooring” as it has been labelled was responsible for 474 accidents across the UK in 2015, according to the Department of Transport (DfT), whist additional data collated by Cycling UK reveals that between 2011 and 2015 there were 3,108 people injured, eight fatally, where "vehicle door opened or closed negligently" was a contributing factor in incidents attended by police.
To try and address this problem Cycling UK believes that motorists should adopt a simple manoeuvre which has been a required section of the driving test in the Netherlands, Europe’s most cycling friendly country, for a number of years.
The Dutch Reach
Known as the Dutch Reach – this is a method of opening a car door with the hand furthest from the handle, so in the UK, the left hand of the driver, or right hand of the passenger. This means motorists are forced to turn their body towards the door, allowing them the opportunity to look over their shoulder to see whether a cyclist or motorcyclist is coming.
“Dooring” is just one example of an accident which can happen if you are out on your bike so it’s important if you are a cyclist, that you have good insurance in place. Jackson Lee’s cycle insurance provides cover for accidental damage and injury as well offering a number of other features and benefits which could be of interest to your customers.
Jackson Lee Cycle Insurance – Features & Benefits
- Cover for theft and accidental damage
- Cover for up to 5 bikes on one policy
- Family use covered
- Personal Accident and Public Liability cover included as standard
Uninsured Loss Recovery – including pot hole cover