Bicycle “dooring accidents” have been extensively discussed on this site. For those unaware, this type of bicycle crash happens when a driver who is parallel parked opens the car door as a bicyclist is approaching the car from the rear. The bicyclist runs into the opened car door as the bike is passing the car. As the bicyclist is typically riding at speed, the collision with the opened door – a fixed object – is usually highly traumatic. The bicyclist can be seriously injured, and there are a wide range of injuries that can occur. In a limited number of cases the injuries have led to the death of the bicycle rider.
While these “dooring accidents” can happen anywhere there is a vehicle parked along the street, such crashes most often occur in urban settings where there is a lot of parallel parking, bicyclists, and other factors such as high traffic and relatively narrow streets.
As seen in various statistics, such “dooring” incidents happen in significant numbers.
On December 28, 2019, there was a Gage Park accident in which a bicyclist ran into an opened car door. The motorist left the accident scene.
This Gage Park bicycling accident is further discussed in the January 19, 2020 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Gage Park cyclist crash…” An excerpt from the article:
The bicyclist, a 56-year-old man, struck the open car door about 2:20 p.m. Dec. 28 in the 5400 block of South Kedzie Avenue, Chicago police said. He fell into the street and was taken to Holy Cross Hospital.
The driver of the vehicle didn’t provide his information to the bicyclist, police said. He was driving a black 2008 to 2012 Chevrolet Malibu sedan, which was last seen traveling west on 55th Street from Kedzie.
Those with information regarding this bicycle crash are asked to call the Chicago Police Department Major Accident Investigation Unit at (312) 745-4521.
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