Biking Injuries Resulting from Being 'Doored'
October 26, 2010
A few years ago I represented a bicyclist who was “doored” when he was riding his bike, inside a bicycle lane. The driver of the car simply opened the door into his path causing him to collide with the opened door and getting airborne when he went over the opened door. While going over the door, his bike which was attached to his feet, began twisting causing his pelvis to shatter and leg to break in several places.
When he hit the pavement with great force and impact, a moving truck hit him although he was “lucky” that the truck did not actually ran over him.
Bicycle accidents like this are very common in the City of Chicago.
Carlos Saldana might have come to better terms with the accident that nearly severed his arm June 4 had he ignored the steps bike advocates are always urging for safe riding.The 25-year-old bicyclist was not wearing an iPod. He wore a helmet and bright clothing, even though the accident occurred about 4:30 p.m., well before dusk.