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Well it finally happened - I got doored.(13 posts)

Well it finally happened - I got doored.SnowBlind
Sep 16, 2002 9:05 AM
Saturday morning I went for my regular ride to Old Town Sacramento for coffee via the bike trail.
Well, on the way back they had started some race and restriced the MUT to runners (and pedestrians) only. So I had to cut through midtown to get back to my place.

It was quiet at 8:30 in the morning, no cars on the road really. Trundling along at 25kph I came up on one of those massive SUV things parked on the street. Just in front of it was a Ford Taurus. Unable to see me because of the SUV, and I unable to see him because of his tinted windows, he flung the door open to the full extent.

I threw the bike over in a hard emergency turn and just missed the knuckles on the door. My a$$ was a bit less fortunate as my hip slammed into the edge of the door. Dispite the back end being thrown out about 35 degrees from my line of travel, I managed to hang on and not crashed. I was a little shaken but not really hurt. In fact, the tensing of the muscles from the sudden fight/flight response hurt more.

The driver was a first very belligerent, and I flagged down a passing cop. (I was just reaching for the cell to dial 911) At first the cop was a bit reluctant to do anything, till I pointed out I was a vehicle driving on the right side of the road, and had I been a car, he would have written him a ticket. Then I showed him the nice bruise forming on my leg, and he was convinced.
So he wrote him a 1 pointer for a violation against a moving vehicle. Combined with his other violations (another reason the cop did'nt give him a walk) dude is going to pay some serious money to keep his insurance.

Only bad part was I did not notice the damage to the Castelli bibs, so I can't bill him for the replacement.
Sure you canMel Erickson
Sep 16, 2002 9:22 AM
You can get a bib replacement. Just have your insurance company talk to his insurance company, assuming you both have insurance.
Sep 16, 2002 9:43 AM
can you get insurance for a bicycle (collision, theft, etc.)?
somebody answer this!husker
Sep 16, 2002 9:50 AM
I was told that my bike would be covered for theft, but not a crash. I have no idea as to why. Is it my insurance company or are all of them like this? I would hate to fight my conscience if it was wrecked and I reported it as stolen.
somebody answer this!tao
Sep 16, 2002 10:00 AM
Most renters/homeowners with insurance will have their bikes covered by theft, fire, etc. But check to make sure there isn't a limit on bikes, if there is, you'll need to report the full value so they know beforehand, just like nice stereo equipment and the like. And no accidents aren't covered on this policy (read it carefully), oops, my big screen ACCIDENTLY fell off the balcony can I have a new one?
Homeowners insuranceLandsharkrider
Sep 17, 2002 5:33 AM
I too had concerns about my homeowners insurance covering stolen bikes. My 4 bikes have to stay locked in the garage (you win some arguments and you lose some) so I worry about theft. My insurance company wrote a rider for me to cover all at replacement value (around $11K total) for only a slight charge every month over the regular homeowners insurance. The extra buck or two isn't really missed and the piece of mind is worth it for me.
Did'nt get the infoSnowBlind
Sep 16, 2002 9:56 AM
I was'nt hurt, did'nt see the rip till later. I suspect it was a tiny tiny rip and then grew. When I saw it it was about 1/4 inch. By the time I got home it was 3/4 of an inch.
Wife is a professional tailor, she can fix it.
Yeah! Cyclists: 1 Belligerent Cager: 0js5280
Sep 16, 2002 9:47 AM
Sorry to hear you got doored but glad to hear you're okay and it's good to hear a positive result from law enforcement for a change.
Sep 16, 2002 9:58 AM
I would have done the same, but in Philly, the police can take over an hour to arrive. And other than a few scrapes, I was okay. Plus I was sooooo hungry. I figured, ahhh F*ck it. Seeing the scratches all over the rear door was enuff satisfaction for me.
Very nicely done :-)kenyee
Sep 16, 2002 10:24 AM
Opening a door into traffic is a traffic violation in most places. Not sure what it costs there, but here in MA, it runs you several thousand dollars because you lose your safe driver discount and also get penalized for 5-6 years. Glad you were able to convince the officer to do it (though you should not have had to)...

p.s., doubt it would have mattered if that SUV were not there. The guy's numerous traffic violations indicate he would have opened the door w/o looking..
In case you don't know....No_sprint
Sep 16, 2002 11:38 AM
I believe it is against the vehical code to open your car door into oncoming traffic. With that on your side, you can go after his insurance for damage and pain and suffering and treatment.
Quick reaction, quick thinking, lucky cop. Glad you're ok. nmfbg111
Sep 16, 2002 1:44 PM
Sep 16, 2002 2:10 PM
First time I ever heard of a cop who did anything for us.