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Cherry Hill Bicycle Accident Lawyers Report “Dooring” is Dangerous

Cherry Hill Bike Accident Lawyers discuss dooringWith more Americans commuting to work by bike, the number of urban bicyclists is at an all-time high.  Unfortunately, so too are “dooring” incidents, which occur when a car door is opened in the path of an oncoming bicyclist.  One recent study by the Illinois Department of Transportation reveals that as many as 20 percent of bicycle accidents in Chicago involve dooring.

In New York and Pennsylvania, the operators of motor vehicles must keep their doors closed until it is reasonably safe for them to be opened without interfering with the movement of other traffic.  Additionally, in those states, car doors cannot be left open for any period of time longer than necessary to load or unload passengers.  Failure to abide by these laws can result in penalties and fines.  New Jersey offers no such legal protection against dooring for bicyclists, however.  Instead, New Jersey maintains only in its official driver’s manual that car doors should be opened in a safe manner.

The need for a dooring law in New Jersey is clear.  When a bicycle is traveling at a high enough rate of speed the impact of a dooring accident can be catastrophic, regardless of whether or not a bicyclist was wearing a helmet.  A bicyclist can be thrown over the car door and even into the path of oncoming traffic.  Dooring accidents, consequently, can often result in traumatic brain injury, broken bones, road rash and lacerations.  Damages for pain and suffering, lost pay and medical bills may be available wherein a New Jersey bicycle accident lawyer can establish that your dooring accident resulted from a driver’s negligence.

Cherry Hill Bicycle Accident Lawyers at the Law Offices of Eric A. Shore Represent Dooring Victims

Riding a bicycle comes with certain inherent risks, but a dooring accident is nearly impossible for a bicyclist to predict or guard against.  If you or a loved one has been involved in a dooring accident, contact Cherry Hill bicycle accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Eric A. Shore.  We have the experience to get you the compensation you deserve because we handle bicycle accidents and other personal injury claims throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland.  Call our offices today at 1-800-CANT-WORK (800-226-8967) or locally at  856-497-2203 to schedule your free consultation, or contact us online.

*Attorneys at the Law Offices of Eric A. Shore handle Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims throughout the United States. Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation and other types of cases are only handled in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland.

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