cyclist getting car doored is common and sometimes fatal

Car Drivers Avoid Dooring
Look For Cyclists

One of the more common collision risks for bicycle riders is the hazard of getting car "doored"

Opening and Closing Doors

California Vehicle Code
CVC Section 22517

No person shall open the door of a vehicle on the side available to moving traffic unless it is reasonably safe to do so and can be done without interfering with the movement of such traffic, nor shall any person leave a door open upon the side of a vehicle available to moving traffic for a period of time longer than necessary to load or unload passengers.

Amended Ch. 162, Stats. 1963. Effective September 20, 1963

California Vehicle Code

even while riding in designated bike lanes, cyclists are put in danger by car drivers and passengers
Drivers look to make sure it is safe before opening a car door

Bike Lanes

Many bike lanes are positioned next to street parked cars placing cyclists in peril riding through door zones. Drivers need to be aware that cyclists have to ride so that they do not put themselves at risk in door zones even sometimes choosing to place themselves for safety in the motor vehicle lane. Until protected bike lanes not built going through dangerous door zones exist, drivers need to learn to give cyclists a safety bubble and also share the look out responsibility for emerging drivers and passengers behaving unpredictably.

I am a bicycle crash injury attorney.

I have represented too many cyclists who were seriously injured by car doors opening suddenly in their path. Drivers, passengers, insurance companies all try to pass the blame to the cyclist. Pedestrians and runners also get car doored and seriously injured. Drivers and passengers also get injured by exiting the vehicle before it is safe to do so.

Crash Risk Types

Everyday road hazards.