Glendale Dooring Injury Lawyers
One of the most common accidents for bicyclists and motorcyclists is being “doored” by a car. Drivers or passengers of cars and trucks, unaware of an approaching cyclist, open the vehicle’s door, and then – slam! The cyclist collides with the opened door and is injured upon impact, or after being thrown from their bicycle.
The good news is that victims of dooring have protections under California state law. If you or a loved one are a victim of dooring, you can pursue compensation. Our Glendale bike accident attorneys at Aghabegian & Associates, P.C. have extensive experience in bicycle accident injury cases and could help you through this painful, challenging time.
Dooring is defined as a traffic accident where a bicyclist or other road user collides with the open door of a motor vehicle. Dooring also includes circumstances where a bicyclist or other road user is struck by or swerves from a door that was opened suddenly by a vehicle occupant who failed to check approaching traffic.
Injuries from dooring can range from minor to catastrophic, and can include:
- Scrapes and bruises;
- Burns/road rash;
- Damage to your bicycle;
- Broken bones;
- Nerve damage;
- Brain trauma;
- Organ damage;
- Spinal injuries;
- Paralysis; and
Dooring is the result of an act of negligence on the part of the vehicle occupant who chose to open the door suddenly, causing an injury. Insurance companies and their defense attorneys will try to reduce the value of your claim in such a case. With the right legal counsel at your side, you have an excellent chance of receiving full and fair compensation for all damages.
The compensation you deserve depends on the degree of severity of your injuries and the long-term impact on your life. The damages pursued may include:
- Economic damages: The hard costs associated with the injuries, including medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and others; and
- Non-economic damages: Damages for pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, emotional anguish, and other personal losses.
In order to recover compensation, you must prove your injury was the result of negligence on the part of the person who committed the act of dooring. This involves presenting evidence about the accident, along with the facts related to the extent of the injuries sustained as a result. In cases of serious or catastrophic injury, it is critical that you have the support of a skilled personal injury lawyer to negotiate the terms of a settlement or take your case to trial to pursue justice and full compensation.
California State Legislature Vehicle Code 22571 states: “No person shall open the door of a vehicle on the side available to moving traffic unless it is reasonably safe to do so and can be done without interfering with the movement of such traffic, nor shall any person leave a door open on the side of a vehicle available to moving traffic for a period of time longer than necessary to load or unload passengers.”
It is the legal responsibility of a vehicle occupant to check for approaching traffic before opening their door – not the cyclist! Cyclists are required to follow the laws regarding the use of helmets, lights, and to adhere to the rules of the road. We always recommend wearing a helmet when riding a bike or motorcycle to reduce the risk of a head or brain injury, however such measures cannot guarantee your safety. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a dooring incident, we urge you to retain legal representation immediately. The outcome of your case and the amount of compensation recovered is often the result of the skills and experience of your personal injury lawyer.
Attempting to navigate the legal proceedings involved in filing an insurance claim or lawsuit on your own is daunting. At Aghabegian & Associates, P.C., we take on personal injury cases on a contingency basis – you owe no legal fees unless we are successful in recovering compensation for you. Having the right attorney on your side is critical to the outcome of your case.
Aghabegian & Associates, P.C. is a full-service personal injury law firm representing clients throughout Los Angeles County. With over 40 years of combined experience, our team takes a personal approach in protecting the rights of our clients. Through hard work and genuine care, we’ve built an extensive track record of successful claims and lawsuits. When we take on a dooring case, you can trust us to tirelessly pursue the maximum compensatory damages in your personal injury case. Call us today at (818) 507-4311 to schedule a free consultation.