The commonwealth of Virginia has a Dooring Law because a surprising number of bicycle accidents occur because someone opens the door or a car parked on a street beside moving traffic, and a bicyclist rides into the door and falls from the bicycle. An accident of this kind can result in serious injury to the bicyclist. In fact, it has been estimated about roughly 20 percent of all bicycle accidents result in serious injury.
What is dooring? Dooring occurs when the driver of a car opens the driver-side door into a lane of moving traffic, causing a bicyclist in or beside that traffic to collide with the door. These accidents occur because drivers of cars fail to check for approaching bicyclists before opening their door. Another contributing factor in these crashes is a bicyclist who is riding too close to the parked cars. [Read more…]