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Dooring accidents in Chicago: An Overview

People choose to bike in the city of Chicago for a range of reasons. Some people choose to commute to school or work on a bike because they want to help reduce their environmental impact. Others may find biking faster than driving, if they need to move through congested traffic areas regularly. Some may use bicycling as a means of exercising and staying in shape.

Whatever the reason for your decision to bike in Chicago, you deserve to safely share the road with motor vehicles. Sometimes, a dooring accident takes away that sense of safety, and leads to serious injuries.

What are dooring accidents?

A dooring happens when drivers or passengers in a motor vehicle open a door into traffic. If they do so when a cyclist is close, the cyclist may not be able to avoid colliding with the door. Cyclists are sometimes knocked off their bike into traffic in addition to suffering injuries from the door itself and the pavement below it.

A person hurt in a dooring accident can sustain serious injuries including broken bones, head and brain injuries, neck and spinal injuries and serious contusions.

What happens after a dooring accident?

Dooring accidents are serious and sometimes even fatal. The person who caused the dooring is in violation of traffic laws, but sometimes law enforcement doesn't cite them for violating the law and injuring a cyclist. 

The person injured or one's surviving family members, deserve support, not medical bills, after a dooring accident. That's why it's so important to speak with an attorney after a cycling accident, such as a dooring.

Dooring accidents are relatively common

While Chicago receives praise for its commitment to cycling, many people who bike in Chicago streets are hurt every year. Chicago has invested in their safety by adding bike lanes and committing to adding hundreds more by 2020. After demands from cyclists around the city, the Illinois Department of Transportation began tracking dooring accidents. Even with efforts to improve awareness and increase safety for cyclists, dooring accidents and other preventable car-cyclist accidents still happen regularly in Chicago.

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