If you have ever ridden your bicycle in the City, you know what the term “doored” means. It’s when a motor vehicle opens their door causing a collision with a bicycle. Motorists are responsible for checking to ensure that there isn’t a bicyclist coming up from behind them before opening their door.
This is covered by M.G.L. Ch. 90 section 14 states that “…No person shall open a door on a motor vehicle unless it is reasonably safe to do so without interfering with the movement of other traffic, including bicyclists and pedestrians. Whoever violates the preceding sentence shall be punished by a fine of not more than $100”.
In these cases, the insurance company for the motor vehicle covers damages to the bicyclist as long as the bicyclist was observing the rules of the road. Damages not only for injuries but also damage to the bicycle as well. Those things can be pretty expensive.
People who get “doored” often suffer serious injuries. If this happens to you, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can navigate the process for you.