You’re riding your bike down the road and enjoying the sunshine. Suddenly, someone opens their door without looking. You crash into it, possibly flying through the air before you hit the pavement. That’s a “dooring” accident, and it can cause serious injury or even death.
Ohio Dooring Accident Statute
Ohio Revised Code Section 4511.70(c) covers this type of accident. It states that “No person shall open the door of a vehicle on the side available to moving traffic unless and until it is reasonably safe to do so, and can be done without interfering with the movement of other 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.”
There are criminal charges associated with this code section—but those won’t pay your medical bills and associated costs. If you’ve been in a bicycle dooring accident, working with a personal injury lawyer can ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
How to Avoid Dooring Accidents
If you’re riding a bicycle, there are a few things you can do to help avoid getting injured. First, whenever possible, ride outside the “dooring zone.” In unprotected bike lanes, you should stay on the outside of the lane. Most importantly, be aware of your surroundings. Situational awareness can help you swerve or stop in time to avoid dooring accidents.
However, if you’re been injured, the statute clearly places the onus on vehicle drivers. It is their job to be cautious when opening a door.
Dooring Accident Injuries
Although the name sounds silly, dooring accidents can be deadly. Survivors may suffer from traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, severe lacerations, organ and nerve damage. Wearing protective gear, like helmets, may help prevent the worst of the injuries—but often, even minor accidents can leave lasting harm.
If you’re in a dooring accident, seek medical attention immediately. If possible, get contact information from witnesses and photos at the scene. Document your injuries thoroughly, then contact a personal injury attorney.
With the help of an attorney, you can file a claim against the person who hit you. If you’re eligible for a settlement, this can help pay for the medical costs, lost wages and other expenses associated with the accident. Then you can focus on what’s most important: your recovery.
Call an Ohio Bicycle Accident Attorney Today
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