Door ripped off car after driver opens it in front of passing traffic

Shocking moment driver’s door is ripped off its hinges when he opens it into the path of a passing car

  • Driving instructor Peter Scott, 57, filmed the dramatic moment in Sunderland 
  • The Land Rover Freelander driver opened his car door in front of a Ford Fiesta
  • The Freelander’s door was ripped from its hinges and dumped on the road 
  • Mr Scott said it was important to check your mirrors before opening a door  

This is the moment a driver narrowly avoided serious injury when he opened his car door into the path of passing vehicle.

The Land Rover’s door was ripped from its hinges in the collision on Riverbank Road in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, which was captured on dashcam by a passing car.

Driving Instructor Peter Scott was passing the green Freelander parked on the opposite side of the road when a white Ford Fiesta approached.

The unidentified Land Rover Freelander driver, left, was captured on a rear facing dash cam opening his door as a Ford Fiesta approached 

Luckily, nobody was injured in the collision which caused significant damage to the SUV

The driver of the Freelander opened his door, apparently without looking, and the Fiesta hit it, bending it back and ripping it from its hinges.

The driver appeared in shock as he got out of the vehicle and began to pick up his possessions strewn across the road, in the collision at 11.38am on August 19.

Rule 239 of the Highway Code rule states that you must ensure you do not hit anyone when you open your door – check for cyclists or other traffic.

Mr Scott, 57, from DrewMatic Driving School shared the footage online and wrote: ‘Thankfully nobody was hurt, but this is an example why you should check your mirrors and blind spots before exiting your vehicle, and why you should try to pass a door’s width from parked vehicles.’

The clip has been viewed over 15,000 times and received more than 200 comments, however viewers are divided over who is to blame.

One user commented: ‘The f***** idiot in the Freelander is at fault, pick up yer door ya stupid a*** you’ll no be dain that again.’

Another said: ‘This happened to a friend of mine and the plonker opening the door was at fault in both insurance companies’ eyes.’

A third wrote: ‘If the Fiesta had been a cyclist things would be different, always check before throwing your door open into passing traffic.’

The shocked driver got out of his Land Rover and began picking  up papers which were strewn across the road

Mr Scott said: ‘Thankfully nobody was hurt, but this is an example why you should check your mirrors and blind spots before exiting your vehicle, and why you should try to pass a doors width from parked vehicles’

A fourth added: ‘This is why you should always open the door with the arm furthest from the damn door.

‘It stops you opening it quickly and forces your body to turn to look behind you as you open the door to see if anything is oncoming.’

Northumbria Police were unable to find any record of the incident being reported to them.

A spokesman for the force said: ‘Anyone who sees anybody driving in a dangerous manner is asked to report it to Police by calling 101.’ 

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