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Open Door Accidents: What Happens When a Bicyclist is Struck by an Opening Door?

While many rideshare accidents occur when the vehicle is moving and involve another vehicle, there are times when a stationary rideshare driver can cause significant harm—and in these cases, to a bicyclist. This can be a serious problem for the bicyclist involved.

This comes in the form of a driver not paying attention before opening his or her door to get out of the vehicle. If a bicyclist is in the bicycle lane right next to the parked vehicle when the door opens, the bicyclist can collide with the door and become ejected from his or her bicycle.

What Kind of Injuries Can the Bicyclist Sustain?

Many people overlook bicycle accidents as a cause of serious injuries, but some of the most catastrophic injuries occur to bicyclists because they lack certain aspects of protection that a motorist has. As a result, when someone opens a door into a bicyclist, he or she can flip over the door, landing on his neck or back.

This type of accident can result in traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, broken bones, and more. The injured party deserves to pursue compensation from the negligent party for the injuries he or she has sustained.

The Driver’s Responsibility

The driver in this situation is most often considered responsible for his or her inability to pay attention to oncoming bicyclists. This means their insurance is most likely responsible for paying for the damages sustained in any kind of accident.

Does this change when the driver is on the clock and picking up a passenger, though? There are various factors that must be considered to move forward and understanding potential liability is one of the most important parts of this type of case.

At Goldstein & Hayes, we have experience and knowledge with regard to handling any accidents involving a rideshare vehicle, driver, and company. We know your rights and we’re here to protect them every step of the way.

Our Atlanta rideshare accident attorneys are ready to work with you and help you build a strong case to pursue the compensation and justice you deserve. Count on our team to be with you every step of the way.

Call us today at (888) 425-6070 for a free consultation.