As a cyclist, you realize that you must use extra caution when passing through areas where vehicles park. When drivers are entering and exiting vehicles, they may not see the bike approaching, and they might open the door in front of you or up against you.
In either case, this is considered being “doored.” Being doored can lead to serious injuries and damages. If you have been doored while cycling, you can pursue a personal injury claim against the operator of the vehicle that caused your injuries. You will need to do everything you can to protect your rights and preserve your personal injury claim.
What to Do If Doored While Cycling
If you have been doored while cycling, you should call the police. If your injuries are serious, ask for an ambulance. Otherwise, wait for the police at the accident scene. If you are physically able, take photos of the accident scene from all angles.
Also get photos of the damage to the vehicles and of any visible injuries. If there are witnesses, ask them to provide written statements and ask them to provide their names and contact details. Corroborating statements can be very beneficial.
Be sure to tell the officer what happened. Just state the facts, not opinions. As an example, you were riding up the street in your lane. You saw vehicles parked on the right-hand side. You were listening for door locks and watching for movement and didn’t hear or see anything, so you continued through.
As you got to the last vehicle in the row, the door opened and hit your handlebars and right thigh, knocking you to the ground. The individual who opened the door then exited the vehicle and came to check on you and apologized, saying they didn’t see you coming.
What to Do After Being Doored While Cycling
You should always be examined by a medical professional after an accident. Even if you are under the impression that your injuries are not serious, you should be checked anyway. Many injuries aren’t obvious right away, and often, the severity isn’t obvious for several days.
Delaying medical treatment can also damage your personal injury claim. Be sure to maintain supporting documentation to prove your losses and damages. Here are some documents to use as evidence:
- Medical bills
- Medical records
- Repair estimates
- Photos of damages
- Photos of injuries
- Witness statements
You will need to list all your damages in your personal injury claim. You will want to seek compensation for them all at once. Here are some of the more common damages that might result:
- Past and future medical bills
- Property damages
- Past and future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish and emotional trauma
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Consult With A Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have been doored while cycling, you have suffered various damages. If you would like to speak with an experienced attorney, fill out the Free Case Evaluation at the top of this page. The lawyer can help ensure the success of your claim.