New Jersey bicyclists are frequently in danger of suffering a serious injury in a “dooring” accident. A dooring accident occurs when an occupant of a parked car fails to look behind the vehicle before opening the door. This negligent act is particularly dangerous for bicyclists who may be traveling at a relatively high rate of speed before suddenly crashing into the door. In such cases, it is common for the bicyclist to be thrown onto the roadway. Dooring accidents can cause catastrophic or even fatal injuries.
Bicyclists are required to ride with traffic and to travel as far to the right as possible. This means that many bicyclists are traveling closely along the driver’s side of parked cars. All bicycle riders should try to ride at least three feet to the left of parked cars in case a door suddenly opens. All drivers should make it a habit to check behind them before opening their door.
Any time a bicyclist crashes into a car, there is the potential for a serious injury to occur. Even riders who are wearing helmets can suffer a devastating bike accident head injury if they strike the pavement or a vehicle. Victims of these types of violent collisions often suffer severe neck and back injuries as well.
Drivers who negligently open their doors without looking for bicyclists can be held liable for the injuries and damages they cause. An experienced NJ bike crash injury lawyer at Lependorf & Silverstein protects the rights of bicyclists. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident in New Jersey, please call our offices at (609) 240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation.