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Bicycle “Dooring Accidents” In Illinois

Bicycling accidents can happen due to many reasons.  As seen in bicycling accidents that have been summarized on this site, bicycling accidents often lead to serious accident injuries, and in some cases fatalities.  The subject of bicycling accidents – including medical and legal aspects – is further discussed on both the “Chicago Bicycling Accidents” page as well as the “Chicago Bicycle Accident Injuries” page.

As mentioned on those pages, one type of bicycle accident is that of “bicycle dooring.” For those unaware of such accidents, such accidents happen when a driver opens the car door and a bicyclist who is approaching the car from the rear rides into the opening door.  While these accidents typically happen in urban settings (where there is substantial amounts of parallel parking) they can also happen in suburban settings where there are cars or vehicles parked on the street, and the bicyclist is forced to “ride around” the parked vehicle.

Accident injuries due to “dooring” are usually significant – if not serious in nature – as the bicyclist is typically riding quickly and the opening door is largely a fixed object.

The dnainfo.com article of April 26, 2017, titled “50 Percent Jump In Bicycling ‘Dooring’ Crashes Reported” highlights various statistics and commentary with regard to the number of dooring accidents in Illinois for the year 2015.

Notable excerpts from the article include:

The number of bicyclists injured when the door of a parked vehicle was opened directly in their paths rose about 50 percent, according to data released by Illinois transportation officials.

In 2015, 302 bicyclists were “doored,” according to data released by the Illinois Department of Transportation. That is nearly a 50 percent increase from 2014, when 202 bicyclists were injured by car doors.

The article also mentions the overall number of bicycle accidents and injuries in Illinois for 2015, as well as the number of fatal Chicago bicycle accidents in 2016.  An excerpt with regard to these statistics:

There were 1,644 reports of collision-related injuries in 2015 and 1,720 crashes involving bicycles, according to state transportation data. The number of crashes increased 3 percent from 2014 to 2015, according to the data.

Six bicyclists were killed in crashes during 2016, according to city data.

Additional information concerning this bicycle “dooring accidents” issue as well as the accident injuries typically involved can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

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