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Moving vehicles are not the only threats to bicyclists in New York. Parked cars present their own dangers, including the risk that a driver or passenger will open their door without looking and suddenly obstruct the bicyclist’s travel path, causing a crash. These scenarios are called “dooring” accidents and they injure hundreds of New Yorkers every year.
Dooring is such a frequent occurrence that both New York State and New York City have specific laws about it:
Each of these laws make it a traffic violation for a driver or passenger to open a door abruptly into oncoming traffic or to leave a door open in a traffic area longer than needed for people to enter or exit the vehicle.
Besides getting cited for a violation, a vehicle occupant who doors a cyclist could be held liable for any injuries that result. An injured cyclist may seek compensation from the driver’s or passenger’s insurance company and, for serious injuries, may file a personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation.
Typical damages that may be recovered by cyclists in dooring accident cases include the following:
In addition, if a bicyclist was killed in a dooring accident, their family members may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim against the person at fault, seeking compensation for any medical expenses incurred before death and also for funeral expenses, lost income and other damages.
The Brooklyn bicycle accident lawyers at Goldman Sager & Associates have experience representing bike riders injured in dooring accidents. We will fight for all the compensation that may be available to you from all sources. Please call 718-514-9516 or contact us online to set up a free initial consultation with one of our attorneys today.