A food delivery worker has suffered life-threatening injuries after a dooring accident in Brooklyn. According to a CBS News report, surveillance video shows the driver of an orange car parking on Fulton Street in Cypress Hills. As a man on the scooter approaches the vehicle and starts to pass it, the driver of the vehicle opens his door hitting the scooter.
Witnesses say the victim was unresponsive with a head injury before emergency personnel took him to the hospital in critical condition. One eyewitness who spoke to CBS said the man was bleeding. The driver of the vehicle involved went into a nearby store before talking with the police, CBS reported. No charges have been filed and no arrests have been made. The investigation is ongoing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the critically injured food delivery worker and his family.
Why Are Dooring Accidents So Dangerous?
Dooring accidents pose a serious threat particularly to drivers of two-wheelers such as bicycles and scooters. These incidents occur when a vehicle occupant opens their car door directly into the path of an oncoming bicyclist or motorcyclist, leading to potentially catastrophic collisions. The abrupt nature of these accidents leaves little room for evasive maneuvers, increasing the likelihood of direct impact.
The impact of such collisions tend to cause serious injuries for bicyclists or even fatalities as victims may be thrown off their vehicles and strike the pavement or sidewalk. Moreover, dooring accidents frequently occur in urban environments where traffic is dense, amplifying the risk. In many cases, the bicyclist or motorcyclist struck by the door are ejected and thrown into the path of other vehicles, a scenario that can cause fatal injuries.
New York City’s Dooring Laws
New York City has specific laws addressing dooring incidents to enhance road safety. Under Section 1214 of the New York Vehicle and Traffic Law, it is illegal for occupants of a motor vehicle to open their door into moving traffic unless it is reasonably safe to do so. Violating this law can result in fines, penalties, and potential points on the driver’s license.
As part of New York City’s Vision Zero initiatives and efforts to eliminate traffic fatalities and injuries, there are educational campaigns that raise awareness about the dangers of dooring and the importance of looking for bicyclists or motorcyclists before opening car doors.
Injuries Suffered in Dooring Accidents
Dooring accidents can lead to a range of injuries for bicyclists and motorcyclists, often resulting from the sudden and forceful crash with a car door. Common injuries include abrasions, contusions, and lacerations caused by contact with the door or pavement. More severe injuries involve fractures, dislocations, and sprains, as the impact of a collision can lead to the victim being thrown onto the pavement or getting struck by other passing vehicles.
Head injuries, including concussions and traumatic brain injuries, are particularly concerning in these incidents. Additionally, bicyclists may suffer from upper extremity injuries such as shoulder dislocations or fractures when attempting to brace against the impact. Spinal injuries and internal organ damage are also possible, particularly in high-impact collisions.
Contacting an Experienced Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident or pedestrian accident, or if you have lost a loved one in an auto accident caused by a negligent (careless) driver, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options, and also fight hard to recover just compensation for you.
For over 52 years, our skilled accident attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims get fair compensation for their losses. Our law firm recently recovered $5,600,000 for a bicyclist who was hit by a van, and $2,550,000 for another victim of a truck accident, and $3,000,000 for a pedestrian who was hit by a car, and $2,000,000 in a hit-and-run accident, and the full $1,000,000 insurance policy for a pedestrian who was hit by a truck, and $4,625,000 for a driver who was in a car and was hit by a van, and $2,500,000 for a man who fell through an improperly secured hole.
We also obtained $295,000 out of a $300,000 insurance policy in compensation for the victim of a bicycle dooring accident (where a car door opens into the path of a bicyclist). Also, one of our clients obtained a verdict for $43,940,000 and another of our clients got a verdict for $23,500,000, both in medical malpractice cases.
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