‘Dooring’ Can Cause Serious Injuries to Bicyclists
October 26, 2018 – (Straight.com) More and more people are choosing bicycles as their primary method of transportation today, particularly in larger cities. A gravitation toward more biker-friendly initiatives, like designated bike lanes and separate biking routes, has encouraged a growing number of people to hop on their bikes, instead of firing up their cars. And while cyclists have come a long way in their mission for varied, safe biking opportunities, they are still in danger riding down the average roadway.*
Bicyclists are at risk of traffic accidents when sharing the road with moving vehicles, but one of the lesser known — and quite common — dangers facing bicyclists today involves parked vehicles. Accidents with non-moving vehicles that pose a danger to cyclists include incidents known as “dooring.” During a dooring, a person who has just parked a car on the street opens his car door, and an oncoming bicyclist runs into the open door. Instances of dooring are unfortunately more prevalent than people might think and can cause serious injuries.
A bicyclist who runs into a car door can suffer injuries like bruises and lacerations, broken or fractured bones, internal organ injuries, and head trauma. Depending on how fast the cyclist was traveling and the angle at which the cyclist hit the door, injuries from dooring can be life-threatening. Bicyclists who have been injured from an incident of dooring should contact a personal injury attorney in their area.
A personal injury attorney will review the circumstances of the dooring and will help the injured cyclist determine whether he or she can file a legal claim for damages against the driver involved. If the driver was negligent in opening the door (did not look before opening the door), financial compensation can be awarded for the bicyclist’s injuries.
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