bicycle accident

A “dooring” accident occurs when a driver or passenger opens their door into a moving cyclist. In some cases, cyclists move out of the wat to avoid the opened door and get hit by another vehicle. In both instances, the person opening the door could be at fault for injuries sustained due to their negligence. 

California Dooring Laws

If you think there are no laws against incorrectly opening your door, think again. Per California Vehicle Code 22517, a driver or passenger can’t open their door on the side of traffic unless it doesn’t interfere with traffic and is done so in a reasonably safe manner. 

 

With this information in mind, cyclists who’ve suffered injuries resulting from someone else’s neglect may be entitled to compensation. Contact a personal injury lawyer in LA to discuss your case further. 

Who’s to Blame For a Dooring Accident in Los Angeles?

So long as you are riding your bike safely and following applicable traffic laws, blame for the accident could fall onto the person who opened their door. In California, all drivers and passengers must check for oncoming traffic (including bike riders) before opening their doors. 

 

If you choose to pursue a personal injury claim, you must prove that the person opening the door did not check before doing so, and their actions led to your injuries. A skilled personal injury lawyer will thoroughly investigate the accident to find out who is liable.

Contact Steinberg Injury Lawyers Today

Cyclists are among the most vulnerable people on the road. If you’ve suffered significant injuries resulting from a dooring accident, we can help. If your claim is viable, you may be eligible to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering, and more. 

 

Our personal injury lawyers are skilled, experienced, and ready to fight to ensure you receive maximum compensation. Don’t wait until it’s too late to pursue damages. Contact an LA personal injury attorney immediately after the accident so they can start working on your case. 

 

At Steinberg Injury Lawyers, we’ve successfully represented countless cyclists and intend to do the same for you. Contact us today or give us a call for your free initial consultation.

Peter Steinberg
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Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Since 1982
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