Bicycle dooring accidents are increasingly common as more people are choosing the healthier and greener option of riding a bike versus piling into their car. Dooring accidents occur when a person in a motor vehicle opens their door without checking for approaching bicyclist, causing the bicyclist to either hit the open door or swerve into traffic to avoid it. Although many localities have bicycle-dooring laws, many motorists still recklessly open their vehicle doors into the path of these unsuspecting bicyclists.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has experience with bicycle dooring cases involving injured cyclists-- in Chicago and across Illinois. If you were injured when a motorist opened their vehicle door into your path of travel we can help you get compensation for your medical expenses and lost wages. Complete this form for a free review of your case with a Chicago bike-dooring lawyer.
Prevalence Of Bike Dooring Accidents
In many states, Illinois being one of them, bicycle riders are legally required to ride on the far right side of the road. Streets and roadways that have bicycle lanes will generally have these lanes in this same area or even between parked cars and the curb. The idea is to protect bicyclists from being involved in a motor vehicle collision but it increases the chance of these bicyclists being victim to a dooring accident.
Dooring accidents are not always tracked, however, Chicago is one of the few cities that does keep such statistics and has been touted as the first to do so. In 2011, the city of Chicago reported that there were 344 bicycle dooring accidents, accounting for .94 accidents per day. However, these are only the reported cases. Some accidents may not be logged as “doorings” as the bicyclist may swerve to avoid a door and instead be in a motor vehicle collision.
Bicycle Dooring Laws
Chicago is one of the cities in the nation to have a law against opening a vehicle door without first checking for oncoming bicycle traffic. According to the Municipal Code of Chicago:
No person shall open the door of a vehicle on the side available to moving traffic unless and until it is reasonably safe to do so, and can be done without interfering with the movement of other traffic, nor shall any person leave a door open on the side of a vehicle available to moving traffic for a period of time longer than necessary to load or unload passengers.
Violators of this law can be subject to a $150 fine if they open their door and it interferes with the movement of a bicycle and can receive a $500 fine if opening the door causes a bicycle and motor vehicle collision. However, these fines are a pittance compared to the financial costs as well as pain and suffering that a victim of a dooring accident may endure.
Dooring Injuries Commonly Sustained By Illinois Cyclists
According to accident statistics collected by the State of Illinois for bicycle accidents from 2010 and 2011, over 80% of dooring accidents that were reported caused an injury to the bicyclist. These injuries can leave the bicyclist with medical bills, lost time from work and in a great deal of pain. In almost all dooring accidents, the person in the motor vehicle that opened the door is to blame and should be responsible for any financial costs of the accident.Bicycle Dooring Injury Lawyers Serving Chicago, IL Victims
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a bicycle dooring accident, you deserve to be compensated for the costs of the accident. Even if the perpetrator flees the scene, you may be able to be compensated through your own uninsured motorist insurance policy. At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, we will fight for your rights to receive a fair financial award for the pain and suffering you have had to endure due to the recklessness of someone else. We offer a free consultation to discuss your case and will not charge you a fee unless you receive a monetary payout. 888-424-5757