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What Are Dooring Accidents?

What Are Dooring Accidents?

A dooring accident occurs when a cyclist is struck by a door opened by a driver or passenger of a vehicle. This type of accident can occur when the driver or passenger of a vehicle fails to check to see if it is safe to open the car door on the side of traffic. In California, it is required that drivers and passengers check to see if it is safe before opening a car door to avoid interfering with traffic and ensuring that it is done so in a safe manner. 

All too often, we see dooring accidents that result in devastating accidents for bicyclists. In some cases, cyclists quickly move out of the way to avoid the opened door and get hit by another vehicle while swerving into traffic. In other cases, a cyclist may hit the opened door head-on, causing a serious impact or the cyclist may even be ejected from their bike. Whatever the case is, these types of accidents can result in extremely serious injuries.

If you or a loved one has sustained a dooring accident injury as a bicyclist due to the negligence of another, then the victim may be entitled to compensation for their injuries and other losses. At the Law Offices of Haytham Faraj, our team has extensive experience in successfully representing victims of dooring accidents, obtaining the justice and compensation they deserve for their injuries and losses. If you are seeking legal representation from a highly experienced, skilled, and dedicated bicycle accident lawyer in Los Angeles or Chicago, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team for a free consultation. 

What to Do if You’ve Been Involved in a Dooring Accident

Dooring accidents have the potential to cause serious injuries and in extreme cases, even death. If you have been involved in a dooring accident, it is important to contact law enforcement and file a police report. A police report is a crucial piece of evidence to your case and will help determine liability in the accident. Before leaving the accident, be sure to document the scene by taking photos and videos, and getting the names and contact information of any witnesses, if possible. 

Next, be sure to seek medical attention as soon as possible. It is important to keep track of any medical records and medical bills related to the accident.

Lastly, one of the most important steps following a dooring accident that you should take is to contact an experienced bicycle accident attorney in Chicago or Los Angeles, such as our team at the Law Offices of Haytham Faraj. Our team has years of experience providing legal guidance and representation to those who have fallen victim of a dooring accident.

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