bicycle to the side of the road increases the risk of bicyclists becoming injured,
not by a collision involving another vehicle – but with the door
of a vehicle being flung open. “Dooring” can cause devastating
injuries to an unsuspecting cyclist because they often have no way of
avoiding the open door without swerving into traffic.
Since cyclists, in general, have no more protection besides a helmet, injuries
resulting from being doored can be
catastrophic and fatal. If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries from a “dooring”
car accident, it is imperative to get in touch with a personal injury
lawyer immediately to take legal action and recover the compensation you deserve.
The following are tips to avoid being doored, or dooring someone else:
As a cyclist:
- Ride slowly past parked vehicles
- Ride in a designated bicycle lane
- Ride at least three feet away from the sides of parked vehicles
- Watch out for people who may be exiting their vehicles
As a motorist:
- Before opening your car door, look out for approaching bicyclists
- Practice the “Dutch Reach,” which makes you use your hand farthest
from the door to open it, forcing you to turn your body and make you more
likely to notice oncoming traffic
- Open your door slowly, which may give bicyclists time to either stop, avoid
you, or warn you of their approach
Suffered serious injuries in a dooring accident?
Contact our Richmond personal injury lawyer at
Halperin Law Center and request a
free consultation today.