The Dangers Parked Cars Pose for Bicyclists

Throughout Pennsylvania and in and around the greater Harrisburg area, a growing number of residents are ditching their traditional motorized four-wheeled modes of transportation for nonmotorized, two wheels. Not only is bicycling a great form of exercise, but many commuters find that it is often a more convenient and environmentally conscious way to get around.

While the health benefits of bicycling are widely known, bicyclists also face numerous safety hazards as they share the road with cars, trucks and pedestrians and are forced to navigate through dangerous traffic situations. At Jacobson & Julius, our lawyers represent individuals who have been injured in bicycle accidents caused by inattentive, aggressive and speeding drivers.

Surprisingly, vehicles that are parked and not moving pose one of the biggest dangers to bicyclists as a growing number of dooring accidents are being reported throughout the local area and state.

What Is a Dooring Accident?

When traveling in traffic, bicyclists are encouraged to use designated bike lanes and to stay to the far right side of the road. In most cases, this is the safest place to avoid being hit by a moving vehicle. However, drivers and passengers in parked cars that are adjacent to bike lanes often fail to check their side and rearview mirrors prior to opening their car doors. When an approaching bicyclist is not able to stop in time, the resulting injuries can be serious and even deadly.

Impact accidents involving bicyclists may result in victims suffering the following types of painful injuries:

  • Facial injuries
  • Head and brain injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Road rash and contusions

If you or a loved one was injured in a dooring or other type of bicycle accident caused by an inattentive and careless driver, call an attorney at our firm today at 717-260-3127 or 877-570-4657. You can also get in touch with us through our online contact form.