When you were riding your bicycle, you didn’t think that you’d have any problems getting to your destination. There were barely any cars on the roads, and you were riding in broad daylight.
That’s why it was such a surprise when a parked vehicle’s door suddenly swung out into your path. You had no time to respond, and you hit it directly. You were thrown from your bike and fell onto the roadway, suffering broken bones and a serious head injury.
After a dooring accident, get help immediately
Although you might not think a dooring accident would be very serious, male cyclists travel, on average, around 16 mph. Females average 12 mph. At those cycling speeds, falling off or being thrown off the bicycle could lead to broken bones, head injuries, road rash and other significant injuries. For someone with no protection other than a helmet and potentially other riding gear, the injuries can be serious.
Fortunately, the person who opened their door into you did stay at the scene and call 911, but now you have injuries to care for. That’s why it’s important for you to hold them accountable for your injuries. Dooring accidents are completely preventable. If you were riding in an appropriate area and they did not look before opening their door into traffic, then they were negligent and should be held at fault and responsible for your medical care, lost wages and other financial losses. Our site has more on what to do if you have been involved in a dooring accident in Lincoln, Nebraska.