What Is a Car-Dooring Bicycle Accident?
Bicycles have become a common mode of transportation on our roads. On any given day, you can see multiple bicyclists zipping in and out of traffic, especially in the more metropolitan parts of town. This increase in bicycles has its benefits, but it also has disadvantages- mainly the increase in accidents involving cars. These types of accidents can result in serious injury and significant damage to both the bicycles and cars.
One of the most common types of bicycle accidents involving cars is a “car-dooring accident.” These cases are generally contested with both sides pointing fingers at one another. As such, it is best to hire an experienced Los Angeles bicycle accident attorney to help prove your case and get you the full compensation that you deserve.
Car-Dooring Bike Accidents Explained
A car-dooring or dooring accident occurs when a bicyclist rides into a car door or is struck by a car door that was opened quickly without checking first for cyclists by looking in the side mirror and/or looking over the shoulder. Although as a bicyclist you cannot control the motorists’ actions on the road, you can take certain precautions to help avoid a car-dooring accident.
You should always be aware of your surroundings. It is important to always look in a vehicle’s rearview window to see the driver’s reflection. By maintaining a safe distance from the car, you can also help avoid sudden opening of car doors.
Common Injuries Suffered in Car-Dooring Bicycle Accidents
Bicyclists are at a much greater risk for suffering serious injuries in accidents than motorists. The reason is that bicycles do not offer the same safety features as cars, such as seatbelts, airbags and steel frames. As a result, when a bicyclist is hit by a motor vehicle, he or she can suffer serious injuries.
Some common injuries bicycle accident victims can suffer include:
Call an Experienced Los Angeles Bicycle Accident Attorney Now!
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a bicycle accident caused by the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to compensation. You should immediately consult with an experienced LA bicycle accident attorney to help protect your rights and get you the full compensation that you deserve.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with a lawyer, please call the Law Offices of Samer Habbas at (888) 848-508.