Seaman recently hit a car door that had opened into a bike lane he was riding in. His injury required 34 sessions of physical therapy. His bike had substantial damage. Yet his auto and home insurance didn’t cover his bike accident (not all policies do). He was on the hook for thousands of dollars in expenses.
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Joel Engardio

Why was he on the hook for thousands of dollars? CVC 22517 makes it clear that motorists are at fault if they open their car door in front of a cyclist. Instead of forcing victims to buy insurance, why not just enforce the California Vehicle Code?