Wednesday, December 19, 2007

An accident with no physical contact...

From time to time I get calls from people who were injured in the process of avoiding a collision. Take the "dooring" example. In broad daylight ND (negligent Driver) parks his car on the East side of State Street. He spends a couple minutes turning things off and collecting his things before opening his door without looking. At exactly that same time, IC (Innocent Cyclist) is traveling northbound on State Street approaching and passing ND's car. IC sees ND's car door open just in time to swerve out of the way. She narrowly avoids hitting the door, but in doing so IC loses control of her bicycle and crashes causing injury and damage to her bicycle.

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