It’s not just embarrassing – being “doored” while on a bicycle can be lethal. Being doored means a bike rider slams into the door of a vehicle that has been opened negligently. Sometimes the bike zone is actually in a dangerous place, or riding in this zone is unavoidable. This can happen on any Bellingham or Whatcom County road where bikes travel alongside cars parked parallel to the street. This is a very common collision, unfortunately, and even has a law in Washington State statutes:
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…"
Because there is a law against it, being doored can mean there was an at-fault party, but this doesn’t mean the claim would be so cut and dried. If you’ve been “doored” while on your bicycle, call Bill Coats. He understands the nuances of these laws, and how to negotiate with the insurance companies to get you the best, fastest, and highest settlement that covers your injuries, or the loss of a loved one.
Being doored involves a particular type of negligence, so it is best to call Bill Coats right away and discuss your unique case. You can reach him online, or call (360) 392-2833.
I’ve Been "Doored" – Now What?
The first thing you should do is contact the authorities. They will need to know the information about the driver who opened the door that you collided with. Even if the owner of the door pleads otherwise, it’s critical to have the police involved.
Secondly, even if you didn’t receive emergency care at the time of the accident, it’s important to see a doctor after an accident like this. It’s not always obvious when a concussion or internal bleeding has occurred. A doctor can give you this information, and be a source for the at-fault party’s insurance company that prevents them from questioning the severity of your injuries later
Also, collecting eye-witness reports (videos, photos, statements in writing or audio record, and contact info of any witnesses or people involved) helps make your case.
Finally – contact a lawyer and discuss your case. Don’t try to take on this kind of case alone. Bill Coats has a wide range of experience representing accident victims. He understands the laws, and how to get results for his clients. Financial compensation can bring so much stress relief as accident victims sort through the aftermath of the crash – medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation time, and emotional pain and suffering. Don’t wait until symptoms worsen – see a doctor – and call Bill Coats.