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I ran into a car door while riding my bicycle. Is this type of accident my fault or the driver’s fault?

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When a driver parks her car and fails to look for approaching bicyclists before exiting the vehicle, she could be liable for a Georgia bicycle accident and injury. This type of accident is referred to as being “doored.” Unfortunately, drivers of motor vehicles often fail to look before opening their doors into the bike lane and into the pathway of an approaching cyclist. 

When this happens, it is important to your health and potential personal injury case to seek medical care immediately following the crash. You should also contact an experienced Georgia personal injury attorney to help you with your case. You should be entitled to receive compensation for your property damages, medical bills, lost income, and more. 

Georgia law § 40-6-243 states: “No person shall open the door of a motor vehicle on the side available 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, nor shall any person leave a door open on the side of a vehicle available to moving traffic for a period of time longer than necessary to load or unload passengers.” Even though the law sounds like it is for cyclists, car-bicycle accidents can be complicated and require legal counsel. 

For help making sure you get fairly compensated for your losses, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 for a free consultation with a Peachtree City bicycle accident attorney today. 

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia