"Doored" - Bike Accident

“Doored” – Bike Accident

Riding your bicycle in busy streets, especially alongside parked or parking cars, you may encounter a situation where a motorist suddenly opens up his or her car door and then you slam into it.

This can occur in one of two ways. The most often typically occurs when a cyclist is cruising alongside parked cars and a car door is suddenly flung open on the driver’s side of the parked car. The second only occasionally happens, and that is when a passenger suddenly opens a car door on the right side of a car which is stopped at a stop sign, stop light, or simply stopped in traffic. The cyclist then usually hits the car door or window. The danger here is obvious, the cyclist can impact the car window or door so severe that he or she is flung over the top of the car. Or worse, a door just barely opening/closing presents a sharp and very defined corner that can cause serious physical damage to a cyclist.

Another interesting and often overlooked issue is the accident that cyclists get into while trying to avoid slamming into a car door. Many of us have narrowly missed slamming into a suddenly opened car door only to find that our effort to avoid the crash into the car door led us to wreck along side of the road. As we are laying there bleeding on the side of the road we watch a motorist happily and unknowingly drive off into the sunset never even noticing that they caused our accident. Sometimes its hit the car door or hit the curb trying to avoid hitting the car door. In these cases, you can still actually recover from your insurance company as if it were a hit and run bicycle accident. The rules will still apply, the cops should still be called, and of course there are other tricky legal concerns since impact with the car never happened.

Advice to Cyclists to Avoid “Dooring”

Simply put, most often there is not a lot in your control as a cyclist to avoid this dangerous accident. These typically occur with a sudden unexpected flare. However, when cycling in busy metropolitan cities, or alongside parked cars, be aware of your surroundings and consistently and constantly scan the area for any movement. Also, if weather, lighting, and window tint permits, scan the cars for any viewable passengers and or drivers inside the parked cars so you can approach cautiously. Be especially aware, of any cars you noticed have just parked or a driver/passenger just stepped into the vehicle.

Arizona Bicycle Accident Attorney Ben Dodge

If you, or someone you know were injured in a bicycle accident by slamming into a car door or trying to avoid slamming into a car door, hire a personal injury attorney who is experienced and has a successful track record. Ben Dodge, a licensed bicycle accident lawyer in Arizona, has dedicated his entire firm to one purpose: representing cyclists. Bicycle accident cases are the only cases Bike Accident Attorneys, PLC handles.

Ben Dodge has represented and assisted bicycle accident victims across the entire United States. As an avid and competitive cyclist himself, Mr. Dodge currently participates in national and local cycling events all over the country. It isn’t uncommon to spot him in early morning hours out riding his bike. The day he fell in love with his job was the day he devoted himself completely to bicycle accident cases.

A Consultation With Experienced Arizona Bicycle Accident Attorney Ben Dodge is Free

In recent years there has been approximately 700 bicycle fatalities in the United States every single year. Approximately 2,000 bicycle accidents are reported in Arizona every year. Approximately 30 fatal bicycle accidents are reported in Arizona every year. Bicycle fatalities are terrible and horrific tragedies that affect the lives of too many families and friends to count. Understanding your rights and obligations as a cyclist can bring clarity to your specific accident situation. It will always be in your best interest to be represented by an attorney who knows the bicycle laws and has a successful track record of winning bicycle accident cases. The negotiation tactics and strategies of winning a case are extremely important but should always take a back row seat to the litigation experience and knowledge of court room rules, local, state, and federal rules of civil procedure that can have significant impact on your bicycle accident case. It is wise to be represented by someone well versed in bicycle accident law, local and state bicycle ordinances, rules, regulations, policies, and laws. You should hire someone very familiar with negligence and tort law, civil procedure, and the rules of evidence as they all relate specifically to bicycle accident cases.

Ben Dodge always offers a complimentary in person consultation to all local cyclists and a complimentary phone consultation to any cyclist injured in a bike accident. Typically the consultations are schedule from 30-60 minutes depending on the severity of the accident. You can expect to get answers to questions, clarity, information, and reassurance of your personal bike accident liability and potential for recovery. In your free consultation you can generally expect to discuss such topics as:

  • Your specific bike accident details, diagrams, and pictures from your perspective and then from the perspective of your bike accident attorney.
  • The applicable local, state, and federal laws underlying your case.
  • Your cyclist’s rights, obligations, and any potential liability.
  • The process, procedure (in and out of court), and the time frame required to conclude your case.
  • The value of your case and what you might expect as compensation.

You can call Arizona bicycle lawyer Ben Dodge of Bike Accident Attorneys, PLC at 1.855.663.3922 (855.ONE.EZ.CALL). Mr. Dodge’s staff is standing and ready to accept your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every single day of the year. Mr. Dodge will personally return your call within 24 hours. There is never an obligation for a complimentary consultation with Mr. Dodge. His passion is in representing cyclists and his entire office stands ready to serve with kindness and patience.

Bike Accident Attorneys, PLC

Call Ben Dodge today at 1.855.663.3922. Reach him by fax at 480.656.8334.

Mr. Dodge can also be reached by email at ben@bikeaccidentattorneys.com

His Main Offices are located at:

Mesa Arizona (Home Base Office)
4824 E. Baseline Rd., Suite 124
Mesa, Arizona 85206

Phoenix Arizona Office
2415 E. Camelback Rd., Suite 700
Phoenix, Arizona 85016

Salt Lake City Utah Office
299 South Main
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111

St. George Utah Office
321 N. Mall Drive, Suite 103
St. George, Utah 84790

Mr. Dodge represents cyclists in the entire State of Arizona including but not limited to Mesa, Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma, Gilbert, Peoria, Glendale, Scottsdale, Ahwatukee, Tempe, Chandler, Prescott, Sedona, Flagstaff, Surprise, Kingman, Page, Lake Havasu City, Payson, Goodyear, Buckeye, Queen Creek, Paradise Valley, Show Low, Winslow, Maricopa, Nogales, Globe, Avondale, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Apache Junction, Carefree, Wickenburg, Pinetop-Lakeside, Strawberry, Anthem, Safford, and more. Ben Dodge is currently involved with bicycle accident cases all over the country and can assist in representation in all 50 states. He has helped cyclists in New York, Texas, California, Washington, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C.