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Car door bike accidents are relatively common. This type of accident is often referred to as “dooring”, and often occurs when a car door is suddenly opened on the driver’s side of a parked car. A cyclist riding in close proximity to a suddenly opened car door may collide with the car door or window or may fall while swerving to get out of the way, incurring injuries and damage to the bike.

If you have been injured in this type of accident, our bicycle accident attorneys at Bike Legal can help you receive the compensation you deserve. Our legal team has extensive experience in dealing with cycling accidents and many are cyclists themselves. We understand the unique concerns and challenges you are facing, as well as how to effectively navigate the legal process, take on liable insurance companies, and obtain fair compensation for your losses.

To learn more about how we can help you, contact Bike Legal online or by phone at 1-877-BIKE LEGAL. We offer free initial consultations to all new and potential clients.

Common Injuries in Car Door Bike Accidents

Proper procedure requires a driver to check their side mirror and look over their shoulder before opening their door. When a careless motorist opens the door of his or her car into the path of an oncoming cyclist, even the most skilled cyclist may not have time to stop or avoid the obstacle. This can lead to serious, even life-altering injuries for the cyclist. Even low-speed dooring accidents can have devastating results, as it can cause cyclists to be thrown from their bicycles and into the path of oncoming vehicles.

Some of the most common injuries that result from car door bike accidents include:

Bruises, cuts, scrapes, and lacerations

Broken bones, including fractured clavicles

Soft tissue injuries and damage to internal organs

Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis

Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries

Neck and back injuries

Accidental amputation/loss of limb

These and other injuries require extensive medical treatment and often prohibit cyclists from returning to work or getting back out on the road—either temporarily or permanently. The long-term physical, emotional, and financial effects of such an accident can be devastating.

Side of Road Laws and Dooring Accidents

Cyclists who are not riding as fast as motor vehicle traffic generally must ride as far to the right side of the road as possible, with the exception of one-way streets which allow cyclists to ride to the far left. If a bike lane is provided, cyclists are required by law use it. While these laws are meant to protect cyclists, riding close to parked cars exposes bicycle riders to the possibility of dooring accidents.

California Vehicle Code 22517 prohibits drivers from opening a car door unless it is reasonably safe to do so and does not interfere with the movement of traffic, dooring accidents are usually clearly the fault of the driver. Some jurisdictions even consider it a traffic violation to leave a vehicle door open if it unnecessarily blocks a travel lane. Despite this, there are still certain defenses that drivers may use to attempt to place blame for a dooring accident on a cyclist.

Drivers may be able to argue that a dooring accident was at least partially the fault of a cyclist if:

There was no traffic at the time, therefore the cyclist did not need to keep to the side of the road

The cyclist was traveling at a high speed

Cyclists Representing Cyclists

At Bike Legal, many of our key staff members are avid cyclists themselves. This, along with our decades of legal experience, makes us well-equipped to provide injured cyclists with the dedicated focus they need and the compassionate, zealous representation they deserve. We know exactly what you are going through, and we are prepared to guide you through every step of the legal process.

For your free case evaluation, visit our website or call 1-877-BIKE LEGAL today.

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