Never leave the car door open: it can get you into serious trouble

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While you are standing on the road, you should not get out of your car suddenly. In fact, when getting out of your vehicle, you should open the door taking care not to hit a third person or another vehicle. Find out what happens in this type of accident.

What is door crash?

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Open Door Car – Source: spm

Door accidents can be linked to accidental opening or opening of the door when the vehicle is parked or stationary. This type of accident can worry the driver as well as the passengers if the vehicle is stationary and can occur while the vehicle is descending or ascending. It does not matter whether the victim is on his feet or on a bicycle or other vehicle, if he is hit by an open door and is damaged, he can turn over the person in charge of the vehicle.

Who is responsible in the event of a door accident?

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Open Door Car – Source: spm

According to Article R417-7 of the Highway Code, the person responsible for a door accident is a person who suddenly opens his car door without anticipating the movements of other users and causes material or bodily damage. According to the Highway Code, “It is prohibited for any passenger of a stationary or parked vehicle to open a door when such maneuvering poses a danger to himself or other users.” This also means that the person responsible for this type of accident may be subject to a penalty of a Class 1 fine, in connection with non-compliance with the parking rules. In any case, the driver or passenger who caused the accident is 100% responsible for the damage caused. In this case, the door accident is caused by a passenger, and it will be covered by the driver’s insurance thanks to the civil liability that also protects all occupants of the insured vehicle.

The responsibility can be shared in the event of a door accident

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Car Insurance – Source: spm

Depending on the situation, the responsibility for the door accident can be shared and not just by the user who suddenly opened the door. The responsibility of the accident victim can be shared with the driver if the latter does not comply with Article R412-6 of the Highway Code. The latter states that “the driver of a moving vehicle must at all times act responsibly and respectfully towards other road users”. The responsibility for the accident can then be shared with the driver in that specific case. For example, if he does not respect the speed limit, turn on the lights according to outside vision, a sudden change of lane or even failure to respect the safety periods.

Finally, know that the user who caused the door accident is also considered a victim. Even if he is considered liable, the user is also entitled to compensation depending on whether the vehicle is running and therefore will be considered a driver, or if the ignition is off, making him a pedestrian.

Door accidents can often occur when drivers are not careful when getting out of their car after parking on the road. This type of accident is not rare and can affect all road users.

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