Cyclist undergoes surgery after being knocked down by car door

Cyclist undergoes surgery after being knocked down by car door

Cyclist undergoes surgery after being knocked down by car door

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A father-of-two had to undergo surgery after being knocked off his bike by a car door in Kingston.

Steve Helm, 44, of Willoughby Road, Kingston, said he thought drivers and passengers needed to be more aware of cyclists.

He said: "People need to be a bit more aware and careful there are lots of us cyclists around."

Mr Helm, who was knocked off his bike just before 6pm on Friday, said a car passenger opened a door right in front of him.

He hit the back of the car door and was sent flying.

The accident, on the corner of Wood Street by Bentalls and John Lewis, resulted in Mr Helm having to go to hospital and undergo surgery for his arm and finger.

He said: "I've been cycling for years and nothing. It's the first time this has happened like this but more people are cycling and need to be careful."

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11:01am Thu 4 Oct 12

Prince Philip of Greece says...

I hope the Police are aware of this incident and take appropriate action for endangering Steve's life.

Get well soon, Steve.
I hope the Police are aware of this incident and take appropriate action for endangering Steve's life. Get well soon, Steve. Prince Philip of Greece
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12:44pm Thu 4 Oct 12

nigel1 says...

A nasty accident which could so easily have been avoided with just a little more awareness from those in the car...

I wish the rider a speedy recovery and hope to see him back in the Elm Road office next Wednesday.
A nasty accident which could so easily have been avoided with just a little more awareness from those in the car... I wish the rider a speedy recovery and hope to see him back in the Elm Road office next Wednesday. nigel1
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3:43pm Thu 4 Oct 12

Dr Savage says...

I agree with the 2 gentlemen above , with a little forethought from the car passenger the accident needn't have occured,it can't be that hard to look surely ? I would be interested to know whether the driver signalled properly and whether it was a suitable place for the passenger to disembark . I too hope that the surgery went well
I agree with the 2 gentlemen above , with a little forethought from the car passenger the accident needn't have occured,it can't be that hard to look surely ? I would be interested to know whether the driver signalled properly and whether it was a suitable place for the passenger to disembark . I too hope that the surgery went well Dr Savage
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5:09pm Thu 4 Oct 12

Mrcheerful2 says...

Was the cyclist on the pavement? or the road?
If he was on the road, then was he so close and so fast that he could not stop or avoid the door?
Was the cyclist on the pavement? or the road? If he was on the road, then was he so close and so fast that he could not stop or avoid the door? Mrcheerful2
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10:03pm Thu 4 Oct 12

321200 says...

Cyclists are a danger to themselves!
The way a lot of them ride, it's no wonder they are always involved in accidents!
Cyclists are a danger to themselves! The way a lot of them ride, it's no wonder they are always involved in accidents! 321200
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5:19am Fri 5 Oct 12

Baron Digger says...

I too some years a go hit the edge of a drivers door as he opened it to get out!
Cyclist are all over the place and care from both parties should be taken! In most part cyclists watch out for themselves but they do seem to think that they are allowed to ride and not abide by the Highway Code. Car doors opening are an issue for cyclists just as much as when they listen to music and wear head phones is to car drivers! Both parties need to be aware of each other and be in the real world and not in their own !
I too some years a go hit the edge of a drivers door as he opened it to get out! Cyclist are all over the place and care from both parties should be taken! In most part cyclists watch out for themselves but they do seem to think that they are allowed to ride and not abide by the Highway Code. Car doors opening are an issue for cyclists just as much as when they listen to music and wear head phones is to car drivers! Both parties need to be aware of each other and be in the real world and not in their own ! Baron Digger
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10:28am Fri 5 Oct 12

Prince Philip of Greece says...

Fantastic! A man is hospitalised and three members of the petrol-head brigade blame the victim, without a word of "Get well soon".
Fantastic! A man is hospitalised and three members of the petrol-head brigade blame the victim, without a word of "Get well soon". Prince Philip of Greece
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4:34pm Fri 5 Oct 12

Mrcheerful2 says...

Prince Philip of Greece wrote:
Fantastic! A man is hospitalised and three members of the petrol-head brigade blame the victim, without a word of "Get well soon".
The cyclist is at least partially responsible for his own injuries. He made his choice of transport, he could have been driving a nice safe car, an impact with a car door would not have even caused a scratch to a driver. Sympathy for self induced troubles is not really likely, is it?
[quote][p][bold]Prince Philip of Greece[/bold] wrote: Fantastic! A man is hospitalised and three members of the petrol-head brigade blame the victim, without a word of "Get well soon".[/p][/quote]The cyclist is at least partially responsible for his own injuries. He made his choice of transport, he could have been driving a nice safe car, an impact with a car door would not have even caused a scratch to a driver. Sympathy for self induced troubles is not really likely, is it? Mrcheerful2
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9:57pm Sat 6 Oct 12

Big Billy Goat Gruff says...

Mrcheerful2 wrote:
Prince Philip of Greece wrote:
Fantastic! A man is hospitalised and three members of the petrol-head brigade blame the victim, without a word of "Get well soon".
The cyclist is at least partially responsible for his own injuries. He made his choice of transport, he could have been driving a nice safe car, an impact with a car door would not have even caused a scratch to a driver. Sympathy for self induced troubles is not really likely, is it?
How many people a year are killed by these nice safe cars you mention?
[quote][p][bold]Mrcheerful2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Prince Philip of Greece[/bold] wrote: Fantastic! A man is hospitalised and three members of the petrol-head brigade blame the victim, without a word of "Get well soon".[/p][/quote]The cyclist is at least partially responsible for his own injuries. He made his choice of transport, he could have been driving a nice safe car, an impact with a car door would not have even caused a scratch to a driver. Sympathy for self induced troubles is not really likely, is it?[/p][/quote]How many people a year are killed by these nice safe cars you mention? Big Billy Goat Gruff
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9:40am Sun 7 Oct 12

Mrcheerful2 says...

Big Billy Goat Gruff wrote:
Mrcheerful2 wrote:
Prince Philip of Greece wrote: Fantastic! A man is hospitalised and three members of the petrol-head brigade blame the victim, without a word of "Get well soon".
The cyclist is at least partially responsible for his own injuries. He made his choice of transport, he could have been driving a nice safe car, an impact with a car door would not have even caused a scratch to a driver. Sympathy for self induced troubles is not really likely, is it?
How many people a year are killed by these nice safe cars you mention?
Around 2000 people in the UK die each year through traffic accidents, to put that in context, a slightly higher number hang themselves. Road traffic accidents that kill are at an all time low. Removing cyclists from the road could improve that figure by 5 per cent at a stroke.
[quote][p][bold]Big Billy Goat Gruff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mrcheerful2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Prince Philip of Greece[/bold] wrote: Fantastic! A man is hospitalised and three members of the petrol-head brigade blame the victim, without a word of "Get well soon".[/p][/quote]The cyclist is at least partially responsible for his own injuries. He made his choice of transport, he could have been driving a nice safe car, an impact with a car door would not have even caused a scratch to a driver. Sympathy for self induced troubles is not really likely, is it?[/p][/quote]How many people a year are killed by these nice safe cars you mention?[/p][/quote]Around 2000 people in the UK die each year through traffic accidents, to put that in context, a slightly higher number hang themselves. Road traffic accidents that kill are at an all time low. Removing cyclists from the road could improve that figure by 5 per cent at a stroke. Mrcheerful2
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10:40pm Sun 7 Oct 12

Big Billy Goat Gruff says...

Presumably Mrcheerful2 will be writing to the parents of the poor kid killed by a hit and run driver in Bradford telling them he'd be fine if he'd been in a nice safe car and calling for walking to be banned to reduce road deaths.
Personally I offer my condolences to the family and hope the driver is locked up for a very long time.
Presumably Mrcheerful2 will be writing to the parents of the poor kid killed by a hit and run driver in Bradford telling them he'd be fine if he'd been in a nice safe car and calling for walking to be banned to reduce road deaths. Personally I offer my condolences to the family and hope the driver is locked up for a very long time. Big Billy Goat Gruff
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11:10pm Sun 7 Oct 12

plastic100 says...

MrCheerful2, you're a genius. Despite the vast majority of cyclists' KSIs being judged by the police to be the sole fault of the driver of the motor vehicle involved, we should ban cycling?

Lots of pedestrians get hit and killed by cars when they're on the pavement too - far more than are victims of the infamous "pavement cyclist". Perhaps we should ban walking as well, and remove the pavements while we're at it. That would make room for more "safe cars", and lower the accident rate! And we'd only ever have to go outside to get from the front door to the car, what a lovely world to live in...

As for those who are blaming the cyclist for cycling too close and too fast, do you know how often marked cycle lanes are right in the so called "door zone". Cyclists have a choice of risking a dooring, or cycling out of the lane in the middle of the road and getting harassed for it. After being doored a few years ago I do the latter. And how slow do you think you'd need to cycle to avoid a door opened a couple of metres from your face.

We need proper Dutch style road design prioritising safe cycling as a matter of urgency.
MrCheerful2, you're a genius. Despite the vast majority of cyclists' KSIs being judged by the police to be the sole fault of the driver of the motor vehicle involved, we should ban cycling? Lots of pedestrians get hit and killed by cars when they're on the pavement too - far more than are victims of the infamous "pavement cyclist". Perhaps we should ban walking as well, and remove the pavements while we're at it. That would make room for more "safe cars", and lower the accident rate! And we'd only ever have to go outside to get from the front door to the car, what a lovely world to live in... As for those who are blaming the cyclist for cycling too close and too fast, do you know how often marked cycle lanes are right in the so called "door zone". Cyclists have a choice of risking a dooring, or cycling out of the lane in the middle of the road and getting harassed for it. After being doored a few years ago I do the latter. And how slow do you think you'd need to cycle to avoid a door opened a couple of metres from your face. We need proper Dutch style road design prioritising safe cycling as a matter of urgency. plastic100
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7:53am Mon 8 Oct 12

lordofzombies says...

Mrcheerful2 wrote:
Prince Philip of Greece wrote:
Fantastic! A man is hospitalised and three members of the petrol-head brigade blame the victim, without a word of "Get well soon".
The cyclist is at least partially responsible for his own injuries. He made his choice of transport, he could have been driving a nice safe car, an impact with a car door would not have even caused a scratch to a driver. Sympathy for self induced troubles is not really likely, is it?
and where are these cars being handed out?
[quote][p][bold]Mrcheerful2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Prince Philip of Greece[/bold] wrote: Fantastic! A man is hospitalised and three members of the petrol-head brigade blame the victim, without a word of "Get well soon".[/p][/quote]The cyclist is at least partially responsible for his own injuries. He made his choice of transport, he could have been driving a nice safe car, an impact with a car door would not have even caused a scratch to a driver. Sympathy for self induced troubles is not really likely, is it?[/p][/quote]and where are these cars being handed out? lordofzombies
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8:52am Mon 8 Oct 12

Mrcheerful2 says...

lordofzombies wrote:
Mrcheerful2 wrote:
Prince Philip of Greece wrote: Fantastic! A man is hospitalised and three members of the petrol-head brigade blame the victim, without a word of "Get well soon".
The cyclist is at least partially responsible for his own injuries. He made his choice of transport, he could have been driving a nice safe car, an impact with a car door would not have even caused a scratch to a driver. Sympathy for self induced troubles is not really likely, is it?
and where are these cars being handed out?
80 percent of cyclists already have a car, and a secondhand car is often cheaper than a new bicycle. Around half of cycle/car crashes are the cyclists fault, usually 'failed to look properly' (which is basically what this crash was). Riding too close to parked vehicles is bound to end in tears whether you drive a car or ride a bike. It is quite possible that the cyclist in question is not a suitable candidate for using machines on the road at all, as a cyclist he will not have had to undergo any training or testing, many cyclists believe that the highway code and common sense have no place in their riding.
[quote][p][bold]lordofzombies[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mrcheerful2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Prince Philip of Greece[/bold] wrote: Fantastic! A man is hospitalised and three members of the petrol-head brigade blame the victim, without a word of "Get well soon".[/p][/quote]The cyclist is at least partially responsible for his own injuries. He made his choice of transport, he could have been driving a nice safe car, an impact with a car door would not have even caused a scratch to a driver. Sympathy for self induced troubles is not really likely, is it?[/p][/quote]and where are these cars being handed out?[/p][/quote]80 percent of cyclists already have a car, and a secondhand car is often cheaper than a new bicycle. Around half of cycle/car crashes are the cyclists fault, usually 'failed to look properly' (which is basically what this crash was). Riding too close to parked vehicles is bound to end in tears whether you drive a car or ride a bike. It is quite possible that the cyclist in question is not a suitable candidate for using machines on the road at all, as a cyclist he will not have had to undergo any training or testing, many cyclists believe that the highway code and common sense have no place in their riding. Mrcheerful2
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5:06pm Mon 8 Oct 12

Lopekal says...

Mrcheerful2 wrote:
Was the cyclist on the pavement? or the road?
If he was on the road, then was he so close and so fast that he could not stop or avoid the door?
The driver/passenger of the car have an obligation to check before opening the door.

Dont blame the victim for the ignorant stupidity of the driver.
[quote][p][bold]Mrcheerful2[/bold] wrote: Was the cyclist on the pavement? or the road? If he was on the road, then was he so close and so fast that he could not stop or avoid the door?[/p][/quote]The driver/passenger of the car have an obligation to check before opening the door. Dont blame the victim for the ignorant stupidity of the driver. Lopekal
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5:08pm Mon 8 Oct 12

Lopekal says...

Mrcheerful2 wrote:
Big Billy Goat Gruff wrote:
Mrcheerful2 wrote:
Prince Philip of Greece wrote: Fantastic! A man is hospitalised and three members of the petrol-head brigade blame the victim, without a word of "Get well soon".
The cyclist is at least partially responsible for his own injuries. He made his choice of transport, he could have been driving a nice safe car, an impact with a car door would not have even caused a scratch to a driver. Sympathy for self induced troubles is not really likely, is it?
How many people a year are killed by these nice safe cars you mention?
Around 2000 people in the UK die each year through traffic accidents, to put that in context, a slightly higher number hang themselves. Road traffic accidents that kill are at an all time low. Removing cyclists from the road could improve that figure by 5 per cent at a stroke.
If you went and hanged yourself, you would make it statistically look even safer on the roads.
[quote][p][bold]Mrcheerful2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Big Billy Goat Gruff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mrcheerful2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Prince Philip of Greece[/bold] wrote: Fantastic! A man is hospitalised and three members of the petrol-head brigade blame the victim, without a word of "Get well soon".[/p][/quote]The cyclist is at least partially responsible for his own injuries. He made his choice of transport, he could have been driving a nice safe car, an impact with a car door would not have even caused a scratch to a driver. Sympathy for self induced troubles is not really likely, is it?[/p][/quote]How many people a year are killed by these nice safe cars you mention?[/p][/quote]Around 2000 people in the UK die each year through traffic accidents, to put that in context, a slightly higher number hang themselves. Road traffic accidents that kill are at an all time low. Removing cyclists from the road could improve that figure by 5 per cent at a stroke.[/p][/quote]If you went and hanged yourself, you would make it statistically look even safer on the roads. Lopekal
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8:27am Tue 9 Oct 12

Mrcheerful2 says...

Lopekal wrote:
Mrcheerful2 wrote: Was the cyclist on the pavement? or the road? If he was on the road, then was he so close and so fast that he could not stop or avoid the door?
The driver/passenger of the car have an obligation to check before opening the door. Dont blame the victim for the ignorant stupidity of the driver.
Most traffic accidents have more than one person fail in some way. People do open car doors carelessly, bike and car users have a duty to avoid hitting them, staying a sensible distance away from them is a good start, being observant, and being ready and able to stop or take avoiding action completes the picture. I have never hit a carelessly opened car door in umpteen years of bike, lorry and car use, I have often avoided them, but that is just part of safe driving.
[quote][p][bold]Lopekal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mrcheerful2[/bold] wrote: Was the cyclist on the pavement? or the road? If he was on the road, then was he so close and so fast that he could not stop or avoid the door?[/p][/quote]The driver/passenger of the car have an obligation to check before opening the door. Dont blame the victim for the ignorant stupidity of the driver.[/p][/quote]Most traffic accidents have more than one person fail in some way. People do open car doors carelessly, bike and car users have a duty to avoid hitting them, staying a sensible distance away from them is a good start, being observant, and being ready and able to stop or take avoiding action completes the picture. I have never hit a carelessly opened car door in umpteen years of bike, lorry and car use, I have often avoided them, but that is just part of safe driving. Mrcheerful2
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10:58pm Tue 9 Oct 12

Big Billy Goat Gruff says...

Mrcheerful may well be the perfect road user and be able to avoid the unavoidable, although I very much doubt it. Especially in light of the fact that he is so blind to a few pertinent points in the story above. It says the accident happened on Wood Street, I don't think there is anywhere along there it would be appropriate for someone to get out of a car, let alone park a car. Secondly, opening a door in such a way as to endanger others is a criminal offence, with a fine of up to £1,000.
I'd love to live in a world with his "nice, safe cars" but unfortunately the world the rest of us live in is populated by too many selfish idiots that frequently drive too fast whilst using their phone and not giving any consideration to other people around them. Perhaps he should stop blaming the victims and open his eyes.
Mrcheerful may well be the perfect road user and be able to avoid the unavoidable, although I very much doubt it. Especially in light of the fact that he is so blind to a few pertinent points in the story above. It says the accident happened on Wood Street, I don't think there is anywhere along there it would be appropriate for someone to get out of a car, let alone park a car. Secondly, opening a door in such a way as to endanger others is a criminal offence, with a fine of up to £1,000. I'd love to live in a world with his "nice, safe cars" but unfortunately the world the rest of us live in is populated by too many selfish idiots that frequently drive too fast whilst using their phone and not giving any consideration to other people around them. Perhaps he should stop blaming the victims and open his eyes. Big Billy Goat Gruff
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