Seattle Dooring Bike Accident Attorneys

What To Do As a Cyclist Who Has Been Hit by an Open Car Door

Having an accident while riding a bike is bad enough - slamming into some inconsiderate driver's open car door can be deadly. If you've recently been "doored" while riding your bike in Seattle, there is a good chance you've suffered severe injuries. If so, you may have legal options against the at-fault party.

Call (888) 228-3860 and speak with one of the dedicated Seattle personal injury lawyers at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. today. Bike accidents are at epidemic levels in Seattle, with over 2000 different types of collisions and wrecks having occurred in the past 7 years; many of these, not the fault of the injured cyclist. Our firm has experience defending bike riders who have been injured or killed by reckless motorists. We won't quit until you get the settlement you deserve.

"Dooring" accidents are not your typical bike collision, despite their unfortunate frequency. It takes a certain type of negligence to make them happen and we'll make sure the guilty party is held accountable for their actions. Call (888) 228-3860 or use the online contact form to schedule a free case evaluation today.

Bicycle Accident Recoveries

  • $170,000 recovery for a bicyclist injured when he was struck riding his bicycle.
  • $145,000 recovery for a man who received a concussion and skin abrasions when he was knocked off his bicycle by a car making a turn in Kirkland.

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What Is "Dooring"?

Unfortunately, the name fits the act quite well. "Dooring" happens when a motorist or passenger sitting in a car, on the side closest to the traffic lane, abruptly opens their door without paying attention to potential bicyclists, pedestrians, or other motorists passing by. Should anyone collide with the now open door, it can result in untold amounts of damage to both person and property.

This type of collision is so commonplace now, that most local and state municipalities have codes on the books regarding the proper procedure for exiting a car in the traffic lane. The state of Washington is no exception:

RCW 46.61.620 - "No person shall open the door of a motor vehicle on the side adjacent to moving traffic unless and until it is reasonably safe to do so, and can be done without interfering with the movement of other traffic…"

I've Been "Doored" in Seattle – Now What?

First, contact the authorities. This is not up for discussion, no matter how much the owner of the offending door may plead otherwise. Having the police there as your primary witness goes a long way in strengthening your case.

Secondly, provided you did not receive emergency care on the spot, we highly recommend seeing a medical professional on the double. Not only will a doctor be able to spot unforeseen issues, such as a concussion or internal bleeding, but the at-fault party's insurance company or attorney won't be able to call into question the severity of your injuries at a later point in time.

Additionally, and if possible, you or a loved one should collect as much evidence and eye-witness information as possible. This includes video, photos, statements, and contact info of anyone at the scene.

Finally – contact an attorney. Keep in mind, there are many firms to choose from. But you'll want to speak with a Seattle bike accident firm that has a long history of defending not only bicyclists, but all manner of accident victims. Experience across many different scenarios will play heavily into building a strong case.

The Seattle bike accident attorneys at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. can offer you the kind of representation you'll need to secure a fair settlement with the negligent party. Contact our office today at (888) 228-3860 for more information on your options and legal rights.

Additional Information

Our Case Results

Degloving Injury$2,400,000
Degloving Injury
from defective power winch.
Wrongful Death$1,925,000
Wrongful Death
from head-on van accident.
Rollover Accident$1,925,000
Rollover Accident
resulting in wrongful death.
Wrongful Death$1,625,000
Wrongful Death
from highway design defect.
Car Accident$595,000
Car Accident
injuries to 47-year-old woman.
Wrongful Death$460,695
Wrongful Death
oncoming traffic accident.
Rear-End Collision$450,000
Rear-End Collision
resulting in lower back injury.
Car Accident$390,000
Car Accident
resulting in fractured leg.
Car Sideswipe$390,000
Car Sideswipe
resulting in injured back.
Head-On Collision$372,000
Head-On Collision
resulting in fractured pelvis.
Car Accident$360,000
Car Accident
resulting in lower back injury.
Car Accident$275,000
Car Accident
resulting in jaw fracture.
Overturned Truck$230,000
Overturned Truck
resulting in broken ribs.
Head-On Collision$230,000
Head-On Collision
resulting in shoulder injury.
Motorcycle Accident$225,000
Motorcycle Accident
resulting in leg fracture.

Written by Joseph Pendergast, this book is designed to help people who have suffered a personal injury understand their rights and the steps to take to be sure they get the compensation they deserve.

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