Cases Involving Bike Accidents and Car Doors By Steve Charpentier on December 09, 2017

Ambulance in motionA bike accident with a car door can cause serious injury for the victim. These special types of personal injury cases can happen in a variety of ways. Any time a bike accident happens it is important to explore every avenue of recovery so the injured person can receive the treatment and compensation required.

The Melbourne, FL attorneys at the Charpentier firm are familiar with the challenges these cases present, and know how to recover what you deserve. Our experienced team of personal injury attorneys are familiar with the evidence needed in bike accidents involving car doors, and give you personalized attention every step of the way.

Common Causes of Bike Accidents

Biking accidents can be caused by a number of factors, or a combination of circumstances. Many motorists do not notice bikes on the road because bicycles are smaller than passenger cars and take up less space on the roadway.

When a driver fails to see a bike and swerves into the biker’s lane, the injuries are often catastrophic.

Other common causes of bike accidents are:

  • Pulling out of a parking spot, alley, or driveway in the path of a bicycle.
  • Rear ending a biker, usually as a result of a driver failing to engage in safe driving habits.
  • Opening a car door directly into the path of on oncoming cyclist.

Special Concerns for Bike Accidents and Car Doors

Parked cars present special problems for bikers because parked drivers and passengers may be quick to exit the vehicle. Often, this is done in haste, and without making a quick check of surroundings.

When bikers are sharing the road, or are in a designated bike lane near parked cars, there is little time to avoid collision. Impact between a biker and a car door can cause these serious injuries:

  • Significant head and neck trauma.
  • Broken limbs.
  • Road rash and lacerations from the pavement.
  • Spinal cord injury.

 

Cars are made of heavy steel, compared to the soft tissue and bones that make up the human body. When the two come into contact with one another, a bicyclist is at risk of serious injury.

This is especially true if the biker is riding at a high rate of speed and hits a car door at full force. Even when a cyclist takes every safety precaution and wears safety gear, the injuries can be severe.

Running head first into a stopped car can leave a biker paralyzed, or cause severe head trauma and broken bones. It is also possible to slide under the car door after impact, resulting in deep scratches and lacerations as well as road rash. These injuries must be given immediate medical treatment, and the biker is also entitled to seek compensation from the driver of the vehicle.

Where to Go for Help

If you have been in a bike accident with a vehicle, the attorneys at Charpentier law firm can help. We focus on helping people hurt in all types of accidents maximize recovery and get the compensation they deserve. Let us help you today. Contact us online or call our office at (321) 308-8020.

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