For many, riding a bike is a way of life. From commuting to training for the next race, people are riding bicycles all over the city. For the commuter, such as yourself, your route is usually limited from home to work during the majority of the time. You know every blind intersection and pothole going to and from your office.
The one thing that is the hardest for you to avoid is a dooring accident. It has happened to a few of your friends and it finally happened to you too. You were riding on the right side of the lane, between moving traffic and cars parked along the side of the street. While you were looking over your shoulder to judge the intentions of the driver coming up behind you, it happened. The door of a parked car suddenly flew open and you had no way to avoid it.
You just became a statistic. You are now included in that special group of cyclists that have been the victims of dooring accidents. According to studies, approximately 20 percent of all bicycle crashes in Chicago are due to doorings. Furthermore, it was not until 2008 when the city passed an ordinance that addressed doorings. It was then that police officers started keeping better records of various bicycle accidents. Any type of accident with a motor vehicle can result in devastating injuries to a cyclist.
In 2011, the state started counting doorings in order to better track the rate of their occurrence. Even with bike lanes that are buffered and protected, every cyclist is at risk of becoming the victim of a dooring accident. Until drivers start changing their behavior, this is going to be a major risk for every man, woman, and child that rides a bike.
Don't foot the bill when an injury wasn't your fault
In the meantime, you are left wondering how you are going to pay for medical bills associated with your broken collar bone, not to mention the repairs your bike ne eds.
Since you were obeying traffic laws and riding in a reasonable manner, it is likely that you will be able to receive compensation for your injuries, the damage to your bike, and possibly even lost wages. An experienced attorney will help you build a strong case and guide you through every step of the process to get the compensation you deserve.
If you have been injured in a dooring accident, it is important to understand your rights and options. Contact a local Chicago attorney with experience handling bicycle accidents to have your case reviewed.