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Old 08-13-07, 07:08 PM   #1
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Got 'Door'

Got 'Doored' today and spent 5hrs in the E.R. Damn am I sore, probably be off the bike for a couple of days , Grrrr!!!

It was a Parked car opening their door, but I was lucky I guess, I was going 30 km/h,and I didn't crash into the door,but rather the driver opened the door as I was riding by, so he knocked my off the bike, no damage to the bike, but my right arm is all bruised up, and the left side of my butt is really sore.

I wish people would just watch when they open their doors!
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Old 08-13-07, 07:22 PM   #2
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Glad to hear you are basically okay. Is driver taking responsibility?
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Old 08-13-07, 07:28 PM   #3
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Getting doored is one of my greatest fears... glad to hear you're OK. Did the driver help you out at all?

I *almost* got doored when I was back in Toronto... I was whizzing down a hill on the Jamis, and a door suddenly appeared in front of me. I hit the brakes, but it was my loud involuntary swearing that saved me... the driver closed it at the last second and looked almost as scared as I was.
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Old 08-13-07, 07:37 PM   #4
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Driver was shaken up. He helped me to crawl to the curb. A lady from the other side of the street and a couple of other people came by and called an ambulance. Man, lying on a backboard for 5 hrs is painful. Not a scratch on the bike - granted the bike didn't hit the door, but considering I was going 30 km'h I expected some damage. Jamis makes a really sturdy bike. I got soaked by my camelback - the bite valve came off and soaked myself. Oh yeah, and thank god for helmets, must have hit with some force, as the outer shell essentially popped off.

Now I gotta go to the cop shop and MPI tomorrow and file a report, so that MPI covers my ambulance ride and a new helmet.

I guess I have been lucky, I cycle in some of the most cyclist unfriendly streets in the city, yet this is only my 2nd crash of any significance ( 1st was an MS150 ride)


Off to soak in the bath!!
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Old 08-13-07, 10:06 PM   #5
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I'd say you got lucky on this one.

Time for a pity score!
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Old 08-13-07, 10:32 PM   #6
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Heal up and make sure the cops know who's fault it is (his). Drivers have to look before they open their doors in traffic to make sure it's safe to do so. It's the law.
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Old 08-14-07, 07:16 AM   #7
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Sorry to hear about the accident. Heal up and get better.
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Old 08-14-07, 07:30 AM   #8
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Getting doored is one of my greatest fears... glad to hear you're OK. Did the driver help you out at all?

I'm riding city streets all the time too - have almost kissed some doors wayyy too many times. Dumb people --- even when I do ride a bus in the worst weather - I'm so amazed at the people who just whip the door open and get out - never looking at anything coming either way - whether it be bus, car or bicyclist. And, in fact, the dirty look they give you too if the bus beeps - or I yell at them.

Just amazing. And I am really on edge if I'm in heavy traffic and am riding wayyy too close to a whole street of parked cars.

Glad you're OK!
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Old 08-14-07, 09:18 AM   #9
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I thought this was going to be a parody of the "Got Milk?" ad campaign...

Maybe it should be? Except instead of the strategically placed milk stains on the model's upper lip it could be blood...some bruises, contusions, a black eye, a cracked helmet...Melissa Rivers looking like she just tried to eat a baseball bat, with the tag line "Got Door?"
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Old 08-14-07, 09:29 AM   #10
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15 yrs ago same thing. At the time it was the driver's fault but I heard the laws have changed in California. Is it still the driver's responsibility or now the vehicles? What is it up thar?

Make sure you get checked out real good, you might have injuries but since you ache so much you cannot pinpoint em.
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Old 08-14-07, 09:35 AM   #11
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Glad to hear you're more or less okay. Like a lot of others, this is definitely one of the things that makes me the most nervous. I've come close a few times but never been hit so far. Heal up, and all the best to you.
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There is a story around campus about a guy who got full on doored and the guy in the car got so pissed he beat the **** out of the biker and then drove off. Atleast that didnt happen to you!
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Old 08-14-07, 10:27 AM   #13
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Ouch!
Heal quickly.
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Old 08-14-07, 12:23 PM   #14
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Ugh - heal quickly!
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Old 08-14-07, 04:13 PM   #15
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Well, I'm feeling alot better today. Although the whiplash has come out - it's not a whiplash like you would get in a car accident ( front back movement), but it's a side to side pain. Oh well, should clear up in a couple of days ( I hope!!), the bruises are really starting to come out again, those should clear up in a few days.

Went to report it to the police toay - that was kinda funny

Officer: Did you get the driver's info?
Me: Nope
Officer: Well why not, how do expect to report this without info?
Me: I was strapped to a backboard, but I think the paramedics and the firemen got his info
Officer: Oh......

Anyway, I didn't need to file a police report, but needed to file a claim with MPI ( Manitoba vehicle insurance), I'll have the ambulance ride, and new helmet covered and I should be okay in a few days.

Someone asked earlier about the driver or the vehicle insurance covering this. In Manitoba, you pay for your driver's license and separately for your vehicle insurance. Insurance is only carried on the vehicle, and that is what pays for any accident involving the vehicle.
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I rode into a mirror once. That sucked bad enough. The idea of a door makes me go
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