We've all heard about the tragedy of "dooring" accidents in the Chicago area. Last year, it was reported that these potentially fatal bicycle versus car accidents increased by 50 percent in Chicago.
As someone who enjoys riding your bike, you may already be familiar with the term, "dooring." Dooring is when a driver opens his or her door into your lane of travel without looking. Since you have no time to stop, you'll hit the door and be thrown from your bicycle.
Most people understand that there is an element of risk involved in any kind of travel. Getting into a motor vehicle comes with the risk of getting into a collision or experiencing mechanical failure while driving. Choosing to ride a motorcycle can mean a crash caused by someone who doesn't look for smaller vehicles. Bicyclists, especially those that bike in big cities, face particular risks and dangers.
It's every bicyclist's worst nightmare. You're riding down the street and a line of vehicles is parked parallel to your right along the road. You're following all traffic laws and riding carefully, then out of nowhere, the drivers' side doors of one of the parked cars flies open directly in your path. You crash into the door, go flying over your handlebars and your body smashes into the concrete.