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 Post subject: Supermarket carparks
PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2009 18:17 
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I heard recently that supermarket car parks and their ilk are a major source of accidents. So I want to share a recent experience. This is no defence for me but I guess most of us have driven at a time when we have been worried, emotional, distracted, tired whatever. At such times your concentration is not 100% though usually luck and 'autopilot' get you through. On this occasion I pulled into a car park at 3pm for my first break of the day and a quick shop. I turned up a row of parked cars and pulled into a gap that I could see was vacant. The first thing I knew was something black coming towards me and a horrific bang. This my friends was the open door of a car parked on the left which I succeeded in closing! The car driver said it was already open - I had the impression of it swinging open. My insurance company said that from the damage report to both cars, I would have to accept liability. Ok just a dent on both cars. But it could have been a toddler not a door. I should have been able to spot this in time. So no assumptions that the space that you are swinging into is empty and just be ultra slow and cautious.
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 Post subject: Re: Supermarket carparks
PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:55 
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Unfortunate but, as you were the one moving, it is probably down to you.

Even if you are tired COAST still applies.

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 Post subject: Re: Supermarket carparks
PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 20:01 
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Was the door that you "closed" or hit , the passenger side door? If so, how did the driver know that it was already open? If it had been open for a few seconds you would have expected a leg or something to have been "coming out" which would have been trapped in the door as you hit it. From what you say, I would guess that the person opening the door was not being observant and actually opened the door as you were entering the space.

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