DGAA bLAWg

Serious Bicycle Accident Injuries Can Result from “Dooring”

Web Admin - Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Rolling Meadows bicycle accident injury lawyerRiding a bicycle is a great way to get exercise and save on transportation costs. However, when sharing the road with larger vehicles, cyclists are at risk of serious injury in a collision. One type of bicycle accident that is becoming increasingly common is “dooring,” and both drivers and cyclists should be aware of the risks of these types of accidents and take steps to prevent them from occurring.

What Is Dooring?

Dooring occurs when a driver or passenger in a motor vehicle opens their door in the path of a cyclist. This often happens when a person who is exiting a vehicle next to a bike lane fails to check to make sure the lane is clear.

A large number of people in Illinois and Chicago have been injured by dooring accidents in recent years. According to data from the City of Chicago, there were 181 dooring accidents in 2017, and there have been over 100 dooring accidents so far in 2018. While this has decreased from 302 reported cases of dooring in 2015, the increasing number of people using bicycles for transportation in the Chicago area means that these types of accidents are becoming more and more likely.

Dooring Injuries

Colliding with the door of a vehicle can cause a wide variety of serious injuries to a cyclist. Depending on the speed at which a cyclist is traveling, they may be thrown from their bike, and they can suffer broken bones, dislocated shoulders, serious bruises, neck and spine injuries, sprained wrists or knees, injuries to internal organs, and disfiguring lacerations and abrasions.

While cyclists can protect themselves from head injuries by wearing a helmet, they may still suffer traumatic brain injuries in dooring accidents, especially if they are knocked into the path of a moving car. In some cases, cyclists have been caught underneath vehicles, which can result in loss of limbs, paralysis, and death.

Contact a Schaumburg Bicycle Accident Lawyer

Drivers and passengers of motor vehicles should take steps to prevent dooring accidents by always looking behind their vehicle before opening their doors, and they should take extra care when driving or parking near bike lanes. Failure to protect the safety of others is a form of negligence, and cyclists who are injured because of dooring may be able to pursue compensation for damages caused by a negligent driver. If you have been injured in a bike accident, contact an Arlington Heights personal injury attorney at Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC today. Call our office at 847-934-6000 to schedule a personalized consultation.

Ken ApicellaAbout the Author: Attorney Ken Apicella is a founding partner of DGAA focusing in the areas of personal injury, employment, insurance coverage disputes, and civil litigation. Ken earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1999. He has been named a SuperLawyers Rising Star and a Forty Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch. Ken has written and lectured for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and regularly serves as a moderator at Northwest Suburban Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education seminars.



Sources:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-chicago-dooring-cyclist-report-met-20170426-story.html
https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170426/portage-park/bicycle-dooring-accidents/
https://data.cityofchicago.org/Transportation/Traffic-Crashes-Crashes/85ca-t3if

Bicycle Dooring Accidents in Illinois

Web Admin - Wednesday, July 09, 2014

bicycle dooring accidents in IllinoisWith the summer weather in full effect, more and more bikes have begun to appear on Illinois streets. o the colloquial term for a driver opening a door into the path of a bicyclist. This can result in either the door hitting the cyclist and injuring them, or the cyclist being forced into traffic to avoid the door, which can also result in serious injuries.

These types of accidents used to be a legal gray area, with both bicyclists and motorists sometimes being found at fault for the collision. However, a recent change to Illinois law now plants the fault squarely on motorists, giving them the responsibility to watch for passing bicyclists.

A Change to Illinois’ Vehicle Code

Illinois’ vehicle code contains a law forbidding any two-wheeled vehicle from passing another vehicle on the right without eight feet of unobstructed pavement. It was not clear that this portion of the code applied to bicycles since they do not technically fall under the vehicle code’s definition of a vehicle. However, they are required to obey all of the same rules as vehicles. Consequently, some bicyclists who were being doored were also being found at fault for the accident since they were passing too close to the car whose door they hit.

However, at the start of 2014 a new version of the law went into effect. This version clarifies that vehicles that operate under human power are not subject to that portion of the law. With that change, it is now clear that motorists are the party with the responsibility to watch out for bicyclists before opening the door.

The Law Against Dooring

This responsibility comes from another portion of the vehicle code. This section (625 ILCS 5/11-1407) forbids drivers from opening the door of their vehicle “on the side available to moving traffic,” when it is not reasonably safe to do so. Some municipalities will fine a motorist for carelessly opening their door into traffic, but that is not the only legal implication. An injured cyclist may also sue a driver for negligently opening their door into traffic. If the motorist failed to use due care when opening the car door, then the cyclist may be able to recover for their injuries. Such recovery may include medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering caused by the motorist’s carelessness.

If you have recently been involved in a bicycle dooring accident, contact an experienced Illinois personal injury attorney today. Our skilled team of lawyers represents clients across the northwest suburban area, including in towns like Arlington Heights, Deer Park, and Inverness.

About the Author: Attorney Ken Apicella is a founding partner of DGAA focusing in the areas of personal injury, employment, insurance coverage disputes, and civil litigation. Ken earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1999. He has been named a SuperLawyers Rising Star and a Forty Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch. Ken has written and lectured for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and regularly serves as a moderator at Northwest Suburban Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education seminars.

9 Tips on the Rights and Safety of Bicyclists in Illinois

Web Admin - Monday, October 14, 2013


Motorists may not respect bicyclists on the road, but there are steps bicycle riders can take in order to gain esteem. According to the “Bicycle Rules of the Road,” in Illinois, the best way to avoid harm on a bike is by being prepared for danger and obeying traffic laws.

It is important to note the specific laws directed toward bicyclists riding on the road with other motorists in cars, trucks, and semi-trucks. The following knowledge can help bicyclists avoid a personal injury accident:

  1. Bicyclists must ride in the same direction as traffic. Riding in the opposite direction is illegal.
  2. When riding on a sidewalk, bicyclists must obey all pedestrian signs and yield to the right-of-way rule for pedestrians.
  3. Bicyclists must stop for school buses dropping off children.

As a bicyclist, your on-the-road rights include:

  1. Motorists must provide at least three feet of space between them and a bicyclist when passing.
  2. Bicycles may be parked on the road at any angle to the curb where parking is allowed.
  3. At a traffic light, a bicyclist may proceed after yielding to oncoming traffic through a red light that fails to turn green after waiting at least 120 seconds.

Safety is a key factor a bicyclist has to remember. A few proactive protection measures to contemplate are:

  1. Make sure the bicycle is working properly, such as brakes, reflectors, seat and handlebars. A helmet may be considered an essential part of a bicycle, so also be aware of a helmet’s functionality.
  2. Ride as close to the edge of the road as safely possible to maintain distance from motorists, but be mindful of broken glass, grates and parked cars.
  3. Avoid riding at night. If you do ride at night, Illinois law requires that a bicycle must be have front light visible from at least 500 feet and a rear reflector visible for up to 600 feet. Wearing white or reflective clothing can also aid in safe riding.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, the law offices of Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC, are standing by to assist you. Contact our Illinois personal injury attorneys by calling 847-934-6000 or by visiting our Chicago office located at 233 S. Wacker, Suite 8400.


Recent Posts


Tags

real estate zoning wage theft Schaumburg traffic lawyer Crystal Lake business law attorneys accidental death benefits Crystal Lake medical malpractice lawyer Crystal Lake medical malpractice attorneys independent contractor sole proprietorship surgical mistakes Deer Park employment law attorney Chicago insurance law firm DUI defense employees how to avoid common denials of life insurance claims speeding back injuries probate fees Illinois business law atorneys Arlington Heights employment attorney Schaumburg medical malpractice lawyer forming a corporation in Illinois Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act Illinois workplace lawyer bike accident Kenilworth estate planning lawyer liability unauthorized overtime creditors corporate law Schaumburg personal injury lawyers texting while driving trusts Rolling Meadows accident lawyer subcontractor license suspension insurance agents estate planning lawyer landlord tenant law Employment Discrimination Law FSLA Illinois law rent to own real estate contracts food poisoning car crashes Palatine business attorney Des Plaines medical malpractice attorney civil litigation Illinois bicycle safety dog bites traumatic brain injuries Barrington criminal defense lawyer Legal Info denied insurance claims Colin Gilbert pregnant women Buffalo Grove life insurance attorney Arlington Heights Traffic Lawyer Inverness injury lawyer Barrington personal injury attorney coronavirus Rolling Meadows criminal attorney DMV Affordable Care Act distracted driving accidents Liquor Control Act Rolling Meadows life insurance claim denial attorney workers compensation startup company Chicago employment attorney beneficiary complications Illinois collections attorney Barrington Traffic Lawyer liability claims BUI distracted driving accident victims product liability tax attorney home inspection lawyer Kenilworth estate planning attorney Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer personal injury law firm car accidents boating accidents Crystal Lake pedestrian accident lawyer commercial real estate Illinois Trust Code estate planning, digital assets, Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, Illinois digital assets, Illinois estate planning, comp time Des Plaines real estate attorney cell phone accidents Barrington attorney estate planning trusts Arlington Heights employment law attorneys hiring employees Inverness elder law lawyer estate plan Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyers natural gas explosion deed transfer Arlington Heights criminal lawyer Illinois will lawyer appealing an insurance claim owner responsibility Chicago insurance claim attorneys Illinois medical malpractice attorney Deer Park traffic accident attorney child safety Schaumburg criminal law attorney Buffalo Grove criminal defense lawyer Barrington personal injury lawyer Rolling Meadows traffic attorney work unions Illinois estate planning law firm Schaumburg personal injury attorney Rolling Meadows employment law attorneys POA employment law, meal breaks, rest breaks, hotel employees, Des Plaines employment law attorneys Chicago traffic lawyer Fourth of July fiduciary rule delay job lawyers insurance denial appeals Illinois trusts attorney Barrington workers compensation attorney Illinois probate lawyer Food and Drug Administration's Food Safety Modernization Act personal injury lawyer hit and run accident Illinois home inspection breathalyzer test Inverness estate planning lawyer Schaumburg criminal attorney Rolling Meadows Traffic Lawyer traffic deaths insurance negligence denial of life insurance Crystal Lake personal injury attorney living trust vs will meal breaks car accident Long Grove wills and trusts attorneys trust payments power of attorney for healthcare Inverness traffic law firm Rolling Meadows corporate lawyer jet ski Illinois insurance dispute lawyers digital information Illinois employment law digital evidence insufficient documentation Illinois insurance attorney attorney fees Crystal Lake personal injury lawyer institutional trustee civil rights violation traffic tickets Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act natural gas manufacturing Illinois wrongful termination lawyer Palatine insurance lawyer Rolling Meadows tax attorney blood alcohol content employment contract commercial leasing insurance claim IRS liens Illinois insurance claims lawyers South Barrington real estate attorney Barrington drug crime attorney license revocation overtime pay Palatine civil litigation lawyer BAIID medical malpractice, missed diagnosis, delayed diagnosis, medical mistake, Deer Creek medical malpractice lawyers Arlington Heights estate planning attorney Illinois workers compensation lawyer Schaumburg life insurance attorney crossover accidents Illinois Sales Representative Act golf accidents Chicago employment lawyer Des Plaines real estate lawyer auto accidents criminal defense drug crimes civil litigation attorney Arlington Heights TBI attorney Buffalo Grove employment lawyer Rolling Meadows business lawyer Palatine personal injury lawyer insurance claim dispute attorney unpaid overtime PTSD Illinois criminal defense attorney medication errors operating agreements jet ski accidents BAC Crystal Lake insurance lawyer Inverness DUI lawyer Rolling Meadows insurance lawyer Palatine civil attorney Crystal Lake traffic lawyer Barrington litigation attorney real estate leasing investment property Arlington Heights pedestrian accidents reckless homicide marijuana crimes attorney Des Plaines injury law firm insurance claim delay Palatine employment lawyer real estate attorneys most common reasons for life insurance claim denials Long Grove real estate attorney Illinois medical malpractice claim Illinois lawyer Illinois elder law attorney Illinois employment laws Schaumburg Buffalo Grove probate lawyer workplace sexual harassment Schaumburg car accident attorney dynasty trusts advance healthcare directive digital assets, digital fiduciary, estate planning, digital content, Long Grove estate planning lawyers Rolling Meadows DUI lawyer Des Plaines insurance attorney Illinois real estate lawyer Policy Cancellation Illinois employment attorneys Inverness real estate attorney Illinois Transfer on Death Instrument fault based insurance Palatine Attorney expungement whistleblower protections field sobriety test nursing home negligence medical malpractice claims icy parking lots Crystal Lake criminal defense attorney Des Plaines drug lawyer ken apicella insurance disputes, Illinois insurance disputes, Illinois insurance dispute attorneys, denied insurance claims, Arlington Heights insurance dispute attorneys Arlington Heights Attorney installment contracts rollover accidents wrongful termination, employment law, whistleblower protections, Illinois employment laws, discrimination in the workplace traumatic brain injury Schaumburg estate planning attorney TBI Chicago trucking accident attorney Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorneys insurance dispute attorney homestead rights Illinois traffic ticket lawyer estate tax Crystal Lake bike accident lawyer Schaumburg construction accident lawyer living wills Palatine estate planning lawyer Palatine traffic lawyer LLCs real estate lawyer irrevocable trust Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission Des Plaines claims law firm Crystal Lake medical malpractice law firm Palatine probate lawyer Crystal Lake estate planning lawyer paid sick leave Illinois insurance disputes privacy laws Illinois LLC creation Illinois traffic laws Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyer personal injury accidents boating DUI Arlington Heights lawyer rollover car crashes landlord Buffalo Grove personal injury attorney condo residential real estate Fair Labor Standards Act IRA trust transfer Illinois small business Des Plaines drug crimes lawyer Illinois personal injury wills and trusts pet law Illinois living will Buffalo Grove medical malpractice lawyers motorcycle accident lawyer Illinois pet lawyer Illinois DUI attorney Chicago will attorney Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers Illinois driving without license probate lawyer Rolling Meadows criminal lawyer Barrington medical malpractice lawyers probate college kids driving consent to a search Rolling Meadows insurance attorney Des Plaines criminal attorney Barrington employment law firm Deer Park medical malpractice attorney trench injuries Palatine life insurance lawyer vacation home fines bicycle dooring accidents Rolling Meadows litigation lawyer Barrington Illinois estate planning lawyer Illinois attorney Illinois defective products attorney Schaumburg civil litigation attorney texting and driving Inverness corporate attorney insurance disputes defective products caregiver employee discrimination pedestrian accidents Detainer Actions employment contract, employment law, employment at-will, Deer Park employment law attorneys, contract, Schaumburg Attorney business litigation internet Arlington Heights accident attorney Illinois medical malpractice case Rolling Meadows Illinois traffic attorney Palatine corporate attorney DUI Palatine workers compensation lawyer Rolling Meadows employment law attorney income distribution deducation Arlington Heights medical malpractice lawyer Mount Prospect wills and trusts lawyers criminal suspended license trustee Buffalo Grove traffic lawyers Inverness accident lawyer employment lawyer power of attorney commercial leases Forcible Entry criminal record Rolling Meadows medical malpractice lawyers contracts swimming pools Deer Park workers compensation lawyer senior citizens Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyer elder abuse insurance dispute, insurance dispute lawyers, insurance claim denial, insurance claim delays, Rolling Meadows insurance dispute attorneys Illinois employment lawyer Des Plaines personal injury attorney Illinois injury lawyer estate planning lapse in policy Chicago life insurance attorney Illinois corporate lawyer workers comp Rolling Meadows estate planning attorney Crystal Lake pet attorney Whistleblower Claims products liability real estate closing Barrington boating accident attorney agent Kenilworth estate planning attorneys life insurance ACA drug crime Deer Park accident attorney foreclosure probate process Rolling Meadows marijuana attorney dram shop law Illinois Probate Act of 1975 Illinois wills and trusts attorneys Illinois insurance claim attorney Thanksgiving personal injury attorney Illinois workers compensation attorney ObamaCare cause-of-death exclusions vacation home spinal cord injury capital gains tax probate claims Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyer insurance claim denials Palatine traffic accidents Super Mario real estate social media after death Des Plaines pet law attorney loss of consortium anesthesia errors sexual images drunk driving statistics top life insurance claim denials Illinois trucking safety Rolling Meadows employment attorney insurance claim denial uninsured motorist Illinois estate planning attorney Crystal Lake accident attorney employee misclassification Illinois real estate personal injury claims low-ball insurance settlement slip and fall accidents Illinois medical malpractice lawyers pay when paid contract traffic violations defense Schaumburg probate attorney controlled substance Illinois tax attorney Schaumburg corporate attorney Landlord Tenant Ordinance Deer Park motorcycle accident lawyer Des Plaines Inverness probate lawyer Illinois traffic accident lawyer Barrington real estate lawyer Schaumburg elder law lawyer no contest clauses pedestrian-automobile accident Buffalo Grove personal injury lawyer denial of insurance claim Schaumburg estate planning lawyer Palatine injury attorney spinal cord injuries wrongful death Crystal Lake traffic attorney Rolling Meadows boating crash lawyer Des Plaines motorcycle accident attorney Palatine employment attorney guardianship attorney foreclosed rental property involuntary manslaughter preventable medical errors Arlington Heights tax lawyer filing a medical malpractice claim personal injury, auto accident injuries, delayed injuries, serious injuries, Des Plaines personal injury attorneys murder Illinois speeding lawyer employment law, Illinois employment laws unpaid assessment Buffalo Grove car accident lawyer right to work Rolling Meadows car accident lawyers Crystal Lake employment attorney Barrington estate planning attorney Arlington Heights insurance attorney Des Plaines collections attorney Chicago car accident lawyer Colin H. Gilbert Long Grove estate planning attorney marijuana Chicago estate planning lawyer financial advisors traffic laws Class A misdemeanor gift taxes new real estate form Buffalo Grove real estate attorney insurance denials personal injury claim life insurance lawyer elder law wills Schaumburg real estate lawyer Deer Park real estate law firm GM ignition switches medical marijuana Crystal Lake employment lawyer traffic crimes drug crimes lawyer Barrington employment law attorney Do Not Resuscitate Joliet general practice lawyers Palatine corporate law attorneys Crystal Lake civil litigation lawyer Crystal Lake tax lawyer Jay Andrew real estate attorney sexual harassment premises liability trauma after an accident Crystal Lake will lawyer drugs Illinois pedestrian accident attorney life insurance policy comparative negligence Buffalo Grove corporate attorney Illinois mortgages boating under the influence Mt Prospect Attorney material misrepresentation Illinois registered agent Schaumburg injury lawyer slip and fall criminal law Des Plaines personal injury lawyers loopholes employee rights probate claims process Home Remodeling Repair Act minimum wage Long Grove estate planning Arlington Heights traffic attorney Illinois construction accident attorney Illinois personal injury lawyers Arlington Heights car accident lawyer Arlington Heights personal injury attorney automated cars health insurance dispute car crash injuries estate planning for college students rumble strips Illinois job attorney healthcare IRA benefits Palatine trusts lawyer fiduciary rule digital assets Long Grove estate planning attorneys Crystal Lake law firm Arlington Heights personal injury lawyer mortgage Family Medical Leave Act underfunded trust CAM Chicago estate planning Home Sale Contingencies small business digital media accounts, estate planning, Arlington Heights estate planning attorney, car crash Palatine employment law lawyer car collision drunk driving Illinois employment law firm pet bites wrongful termination Barrington estate planning lawyer Exclusions cell phone pedestrian injuries, pedestrian fatality Illinois rollover accident lawyers Schaumburg estate attorney pedestrian accident Chicago lawyer Arlington Heights trucking lawyer Deer Park criminal attorney truck collisions federal regulations for LLCs revenge porn Buffalo Grove insurance claim dispute lawyers estate planning, death tax, succession plans, business estate plans, Barrington estate planning lawyers Des Plaines personal injury lawyer DNR car accident lawyer Palatine real estate lawyer Illinois business lawyer estate planning attorney DUI attorney Des Plaines Traffic Lawyer condo association Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers, insurance dispute bicycle accidents FMLA traffic violations Illinois jet ski accident lawyer Deer Park traffic lawyer Retaliatory Discharge trucking accident lawyers Illinois employment law attorney rest breaks employment law dealing with problem employees Barrington criminal lawyer real estate contract Schaumburg employment law attorneys Transfer on Death Instrument underage DUI Buffalo Grove injury lawyer insurance claim dispute insurance adjusters changes to mortgage law Rolling Meadows drug defense attorney Mount Prospect real estate lawyer traffic offenses special needs trust llinois Real Estate Lawyers Association Attorney Ken Apicella Palatine construction attorney federal crimes Des Plaines accident attorney Illinois boating accident lawyer estate attorney Crystal lake insurance dispute attorney personal injury license reinstatement Schaumburg wrongful death attorney mass shooting Illinois estate planning drug possession brain injury Illinois traffic attorneys Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyers construction contracts head on collisions Rolling Meadows traffic law firm Barrington injury attorney Arlington Heights car crash attorneys denied insurance claim Barrington employment attorney Chicago biking tips pizza emoji workers compensation benefits Self-Directed IRA Accounts Inverness personal injury attorney South Barrington real estate lawyer insurance claims Crystal Lake car accident attorney preventing accidents Palatine elder law attorney Chicago will attorney, social media platforms, Illinois estate planning lawyer, Barrington civil litigation attorney car accident lawyers Illinois car accident attorney Rolling Meadows real estate attorney murder charges Schaumburg insurance lawyers Illinois insurance lawyer Illinois Des Plaines tax law firm trucking accidents Palatine punch death Buffalo Grove law firm cell phone tower data insurance dispute deadly crashes living trust Des Plaines DUI attorney Crystal Lake injury attorney construction accidents DUI penalities Arlington Heights real estate lawyer Illinois red light cameras first degree murder Rolling Meadows probate lawyer unfunded trust clemency Illinois employee rights attorney. Crystal Lake employment law attorney Illinois Smoke Detector Act murder defense Arlington Heights injury attorney hands free device disability benefits insurance attorney Des Plaines civil attorney bad faith insurance claims medical research modern family estate planning compensatory time severance agreements Rolling Meadows Attorney Illinois personal injury attorney problem employees breach of contract Illinois employment law attorneys Riverwoods estate planning lawyer privacy Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyers Mount Prospect elder law attorney fatal car accidents overtime violations Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorney Barrington life insurance lawyer Schaumburg personal injury lawyer IRELA Illinois wills and trusts life insurance claim denial, denial of life insurance claim medical malpractice compensation healthcare claims gift tax exemption, estate planning, estate planning strategies, Illinois estate planning, South Barrington estate planning attorneys Illinois Human Rights Act Illinois personal injury lawyer license motorcycle accident Schaumburg employment attorney Inverness real estate lawyer medical malpractice Palatine law firm caretaker rights Illinois workplace discrimination attorney Palatine criminal defense lawyer DGAA School Visitation Rights Act defective products lawyer Illinois civil litigation lawyer Buffalo Grove traffic attorney Chicago attorney employment attorney underinsured motorist Crystal Lake car accident lawyer Rolling Meadows personal injury attorney Deer Park personal injury lawyer Deer Park DUI lawyer Long Grove real estate lawyer Inverness civil lawyer living trust benefits pain and suffering traffic accidents construction accidents, personal injury, wrongful death, Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys, workers' compensation Schaumburg drug defense lawyer blended families Chicago corporate attorney taxes Inverness insurance attorney in terrorem provision life insurance claims holiday statistics Barrington business law firm Palatine drug lawyer eluding a police officer insurance agent negligence

Archive