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bicycle accident dooring accidents, car door openDooring Accidents

“Dooring” accidents can occur in a moment and are often unexpected. One moment a bicyclist is riding their bike and the next, they are left facing very serious injuries that result in a variety of complications.

In these situations, it is often essential to quickly obtain the assistance of a skilled attorney like the legal counsel at the Law Office of Randolph Rice.

What Constitutes a Dooring Accident?

Bicyclists in Baltimore and the surrounding area are at risk of being harmed by motor vehicle drivers in a variety of ways including drivers who speed and driver who operate their vehicle while distracted.

Moving vehicles, however, are just one of the many dangers about which drivers must be aware. Most bicyclists do not realize that parked vehicles can also create significant dangers.

What is a Dooring Accident?

Dooring accidents occur when a motor vehicle driver opens their car door directly into a bike driver’s lane of traffic. These accidents create serious risks because drivers frequently do not have adequate time to respond. Dooring accidents can result in very serious injuries as well as fatalities.

Steps to Prevent “Dooring Accidents”

There are some important safety precautions that bicyclists can take to avoid being involved in bicycle accidents. Some important steps that all bicyclists should take include the following:

Always Wear Your Helmet

Dooring accidents can result in very serious injuries. While helmets cannot prevent every head injury, wearing a helmet can greatly decrease the chances that a person will be harmed by a dooring accident.

Avoid the “Door Zone”

The “Door Zone” is the three to four feet surrounding a vehicle.  As a result, bicyclists should always stay on the left side of their lane when riding near parked cars to avoid being struck by a door.

Do Not Assume that Any Parked Vehicle Is Safe

Instead, bicyclists should watch out for parked vehicles that might be occupied and could lead to accidents.

Pay Proper Attention While Operating a Bicycle

Just like like motor vehicle drivers, bicyclists who become distracted can end up in very serious accidents.

Stay Away from Heavy Traffic

Driving a bicycle in heavily populated areas can greatly increase a bicyclist’s chances of being involved in a dooring accident. As a result, it is a wise idea to use bike trails whenever possible.

hospital, injury, operating table, x-rayWhat to Do If You Are Involved in a Dooring Accidents

No matter what safety precautions you take, there is still a risk that dooring accidents might occur. If you are involved in a dooring accident, it is important to pay attention to exactly how the accident occurred.

If you are able to do so, you should make sure that you as well as anyone involved in the accident is removed from harm’s way. If you are concerned about potential brain or spinal injuries, however, you should not move.

If medical attention is required, you should not hesitate to contact emergency services. It is important to receive medical attention even if you do not believe that you have been seriously injured. It is also important to contact law enforcement so that a report about the accident can be written.

Law enforcement reports are frequently invaluable in establishing exactly how an accident occurred. If it is possible to do so, you should also obtain contact details for the person who doored you including insurance carrier information as well as the person’s name, address,  phone number, driver’s license number, and car registration.

If there were any witnesses to the accident, it is also important to obtain their contact information. If it is possible and safe to do so, you should take notes about how the accident occurred as well as photographs of any resulting damages.

Obtain the Assistance of a Seasoned Bike Accident Attorney

If you are a bicyclist who has been harmed in a dooring accident or any other type of event, do not hesitate to obtain the assistance of a seasoned bike accident attorney at the Law Offices of Randolph Rice who will fight to make sure you obtain adequate compensation. Contact our law office today to schedule an initial free consultation.