Here at Chicago Bike Law Firm, dooring accidents represent a high percentage of the cases we work on, and they often result in some of the most horrific injuries we encounter. This is why enforcement of Chicago Municipal Code Section 9-80-035 is so crucial. Under the ordinance, it is prohibited for any person to open the door of a vehicle on the side of moving traffic unless it is reasonably safe to do so and can be done without interfering with the movement of other traffic, including bicyclists and pedestrians.
If a driver or passenger violates this law and causes a dooring accident, the issuance of a ticket can go a long way towards proving the negligence of the motorist. That’s why it is crucial for this law to be enforced better than we’ve seen it over the years– our law firm has dealt with dozens of cases involving life changing injuries resulting from dooring, and many of those cases could have been resolved much faster had the driver involving been given a dooring ticket.
If you are involved in a dooring incident, it is crucial to take the necessary steps to protect your rights and seek compensation for your injuries and damages. This includes gathering evidence at the scene, such as witness statements and photos of the vehicles and injuries, calling the police to have them come to the scene, and requesting that the dooring defendant be given a ticket.
At Chicago Bike Law Firm, we are committed to advocating for the rights of cyclists and helping them seek the compensation they deserve. If you have been involved in a dooring incident or any other type of bicycle accident, please do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation. These are the cases we work on, and we will work tirelessly to ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you need to recover and move forward.