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Car Door Bicyclist Accident Information to Know

Riding a bike in the city can be haphazardous, especially in California where bicyclists are permitted to only ride in the street with other vehicles, and not on the sidewalk. There is always a chance of getting into an accident, and one unique form of accident for bicyclists includes getting a car door opened on them, also known as getting doored. Below, our expert team of bike accident injury attorneys from West Coast Trial Lawyers break down the legal implications of getting doored and what bicyclists should do in case of this type of accident.

Getting Doored


Getting doored while riding a bike can happen suddenly, oftentimes when it is too late for cyclists to come to a stop in time to avoid the collision. Since bike riders must ride one the road, in the bike lane, or to the most right hand side-of the lane, they ride right next to vehicles parked on the side of the curb. When drivers and passengers exit from the left-hand side of the vehicle without first checking to see if they are clear, they could accidentally open the door on an unsuspecting cyclist, which can cause severe injuries to them. A bicyclist who is doored can be injured by either slamming into the door or hit by another vehicle when they try to swerve out of the way to avoid colliding with the door.

Liability


California is a fault state, meaning that somebody must be found responsible for causing an accident. California is also a comparative liability state, meaning that more than one person involved in causing the accident can be held liable for the damages caused. The level of liability that each party is found guilty of depends on the level of negligence that each party engaged in that caused the accident. Negligence occurs when someone breaches their duty of care, also known as their responsibility to conduct themselves in a lawful and careful way to protect others as well as themselves.

Everyone owes one another a duty of care while on the road, including cyclists and drivers. Cyclists should do their part by riding correctly on the road, and drivers who park curbside on the road should always check for bicyclists coming up behind them before they or their passengers exit the vehicle. In bicyclist-doored accidents, more often than not, the person who opened the door on the bicyclists will be found at fault for causing the accident, not the bicyclist. This is because the driver has a greater duty of care and should always check out the road for upcoming traffic before they decide to open their door. Opening the door before checking for oncoming traffic is negligent on their part. Bicyclists can also keep a lookout for people in their vehicles, anticipating their exit, however this is much harder to do for a bicyclist who needs to be focused on the road.

What to Do When Someone Gets Doored


When someone gets doored, it can be an emotional scene. However, there’s no need to panic, but there is a need to take the following steps quickly. 

  • Call or have someone call the police for emergency assistance. Call 911 to get police on site to the scene of the accident as soon as possible and request an ambulance as well, if needed. When the police arrive on site, they should create an official police report. Be sure to get the information of the officer who makes the report. If there are severe injuries, be sure that the cyclist gets immediate medical attention.
  • Get the contact information and insurance information of the driver. Do not allow the driver of the vehicle to leave the scene of the accident. They must wait for police to arrive at the scene to create the official accident report. They must provide their contact and insurance information as a part of the police report, but it is also important that the cyclist have this information first-hand themself as well. 
  • Get as much evidence as possible. Attain all the evidence you can at the site of the scene, especially through the use of photo and video. It is imperative to get footage of injuries, the vehicle (with the make and plates), the bicycle, location of the scene, witness testimony, and whatever else you can get in the moment. 
  • Get an attorney to help you navigate the building of your case to make an insurance claim. An experienced bike accident attorney can help the bicyclist navigate the process of filing an insurance claim and getting the medical attention that they need. They can help build the case for the claim, make sure that medical bills and property damages are covered, and negotiate with the insurance companies to ensure that the bicyclist gets the highest amount of compensation possible. They can also represent the bicyclist in court in the case that a lawsuit needs to be filed.

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Get the compensation that you deserve! Our experienced team of bike accident injury attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers can help you cover the property damage experienced to your vehicle, cover medical bills as they come in, and receive compensation for all of your losses. Call us today at 888 341 9802 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring, and compassionate expert personal injury legal team.

Car Door Bike Riding Accident

What to Do When a Bicyclist Gets Doored by a Car

Riding a bike in a city as populated as Los Angeles can be risky. Nearly everyday, the streets are packed with vehicles. Unfortunately, there have been many situations where a driver may open their car door without checking to make sure that it is safe to do so. This is primarily why it is important for a bicyclist to ride cautiously on the road to ensure that they do not get into an accident like this. Below, our expert team of bike accident attorneys from West Coast Trial Lawyers will break down legal implications of getting doored and what bicyclists should do in this type of situation.

Getting Doored

Getting doored while riding a bike can happen unexpectedly. When a driver or passenger exists from the left-hand side of the vehicle without checking their surroundings, they are putting bicyclists in danger of getting injured. A bicyclist could either not have enough time to react to the door or will swerve into traffic to avoid getting hit. Regardless of what the bicyclist chooses to do, both actions could result in serious injuries.

Liability

California is a fault state, meaning that when an accident happens, someone must be found at-fault for causing it. California is also a comparative liability state, meaning that more than one party involved can be found liable for damages and injuries. The weight of liability for each party is determined by the level of negligence they contributed to the collision. Negligence occurs when someone breaches their duty of care. It is the individual’s responsibility to follow the rules of the road in order to protect not only themselves, but others, as well.

Everyone is expected to owe a duty of care to one another while on the road, including cyclists and motorists. Cyclists must do their part by riding in areas where they are given the permission to do so. Drivers must look around their surroundings and cautiously open their door when exiting out of the vehicle. A bike accident that involves a car door is, majority of the time, the driver’s fault. This is because the driver has a greater duty of care and should always check for any upcoming traffic or cyclists before they decide to open their door. It would be negligent for the driver to open the door right away without inspecting the area first to make sure it is safe for them to get out of their vehicle. Bicyclists could keep a lookout for those who seem like they are going to open their car door, however, this is not an easy task for them to fulfill. It can be very difficult to predict when a car door is going to open.

What to Do When Someone Gets Doored

Car Door Bicyclist Accident

A bicyclist may endure a painful impact after riding into a car door. Those who have been in this type of situation may wonder what would be the ideal steps to take to get the justice they deserve for the injuries and/or damages that were caused by the negligent driver. Here is a list of what you should do after getting into a bike accident because of a car door:

  • Call 911. The police will arrive at the scene of the accident and create an official police report. This report can be used as a piece of evidence to include in your insurance claim. Paramedics may also arrive to provide immediate medical attention to the injured cyclist.
  • Exchange contact and/or insurance information with the driver. Make sure to also record their license plate number, as well.
  • Gather as much evidence as possible. You should take pictures of any damages or injuries that were caused by the impact along with the location of where the incident took place. If there are any witnesses nearby, you should ask them if they would like to provide you with their contact information.
  • Contact a bike accident attorney. They will help you build your case to get it approved by the insurance company. A bike accident attorney may also do whatever they can to get you the maximum compensation you deserve for damages, such as medical bills and/or property damage. You will also be legally represented by them in court in the case that a lawsuit needs to be filed.

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Our experienced team of bike accident attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers can help you get compensation for damages including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call us today at (888) 341-9802 or email [email protected]to schedule a free consultation with our knowledgeable, caring, and compassionate legal team.

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