Hurt In A Dooring Accident? We Can Help
Attorney Michael Cerasa defends motorcyclist’s rights
It’s another warm and sunny day in Florida, the perfect kind of day to go for a ride. Maybe it’s time you took the loop by Fruitville in Sarasota or saw the lighthouse in Daytona. Before you can hit the wide-open road you’ve got to cut down North Rosalind Avenue by Lake Eola. The day is looking great and suddenly you are hit by a car door being opened in your path.
A dooring accident is when the door of an on-street motor vehicle is opened into the path of a biker. If a biker swerves to avoid hitting the vehicle and gets into an accident with a different car or lays the bike down, this can also be considered a dooring accident.
Commercial areas with lots of on-street parking, restaurants, shops, and activities are hotbeds for dooring accidents. Doorings most often occur on popular, dense roadways, like South Orange or Park avenues, as passengers get out of temporarily stopped vehicles, like taxis, Lyfts or Ubers, or as people exit from parked cars and trucks.
This type of crash often leads to serious injuries and can also be deadly for bikers.
If insurance companies want a fight, they’ve got one
If you’ve been injured in a dooring accident, you’re most likely in pain, unable to work, and watching the medical bills pile up alongside other past due notices. You may be wondering how you’re going to pay for all of this, and worried about when you’ll return to work – if you can return to work. Every year more and more American households fall into crushing medical debt.
Attorney Michael Cerasa can help. He can help you file a claim for the at-fault driver’s insurance company to pay for your bills and provide the money necessary to maintain accident recovery and financial stability for a lifetime.
Contact us for a free case consultation and take the necessary first step toward winning your claim.
Why are there so many dooring accidents?
Many people who don’t know motorcyclists or bicyclists have no idea what “dooring” is.
One study found that more than one-third of drivers do not check to see what’s coming before opening a car door.
In Florida, the problem is far worse. About 60 percent of drivers here have said they never check for oncoming road users before opening a vehicle door.
Dooring accidents can lead to a variety of injuries including broken bones, road rash, concussion, traumatic brain injury, head injuries, biker’s arm, neck or spinal cord injury, twisted elbow, shattered wrist, disfigurement, muscle and soft tissue damage and internal injuries.
How do you avoid a dooring accident?
Just like you can’t always count on car and truck drivers to “look twice” for motorcycles, you also can’t rely on them to check their mirrors and carefully exit from vehicles into the road. The person exiting a vehicle is almost always in the wrong in a dooring accident. Being right, though, doesn’t help your serious injuries heal and it certainly doesn’t replace your wrecked bike.
It’s up to you to stay vigilant and not drive too close to pulled-over and parked vehicles. Maintaining about 5 feet between you and vehicles lining a street can keep you safe, but it’s not always possible.
We can get you justice
Motorcycle accident lawyer Michael Cerasa will fight to get you the compensation you require to heal and get your life back on track. Insurance companies often owe crash victims for their accident-related, past, current, and future medical bills, damaged property, lost wages, future diminished earning potential, as well as pain and suffering.
Attorney Cerasa has been fighting for the injured in Florida for more than 15 years. Before opening his own office, Attorney Cerasa worked in a corporate law firm. Now, as founder of his own practice, he is able to gives Central Florida clients the power, knowledge, and resources of a big firm, but can also offer them one-on-one attention.
The Cerasa Law Firm LLC takes many accident cases on contingency, which means there is no down payment, retainer fee, or hourly rate for you to pay. Our fee is covered by the at-fault party’s insurance company. We only get paid when we win.
Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation. We will build a strong case that will give you the best chance to get nothing less than the maximum compensation for your injuries.