If you have cycled around the busy streets of Philadelphia, you've
probably noticed how susceptible you are to "door" injuries.
These accidents occur when an occupant of a parked or stopped car exits
the vehicle, suddenly pushing the vehicle's door in the pathway of
an oncoming bicycle. These accidents are particularly common in urban
areas where bicycle lanes are situated directly adjacent to street parking.
One Chicago study found that roughly 20% of bicycle accidents involve
motor vehicle doors.
However, there may be a solution. A simple practice developed in the Netherlands
has become an official part of their driving education system and has
significantly reduced the number of door injuries in their country; the
practice is called the "Dutch Reach."
What Is the Dutch Reach?
Simply put, the Dutch Reach forces the driver (or passenger) to pivot their
body towards the street—which automatically points their vision
to where an oncoming bicycle may be coming. This would reduce the root
cause of most door injuries: the motorist's failure to check behind
them before exiting their vehicle towards the street.
If You've Been Hurt
If you, or a loved one, has been hurt in a door accident, then you may
have a legitimate claim to seek compensation against the individual responsible.
It is highly advised to seek legal counsel to file your claim, as these
cases are often subject to resistance by the defendant and the involved
At Piscitello Law, our firm was founded by a dedicated Philadelphia bicycle
accident attorney who is also an active member of our local cycling community.
Our firm understands the challenges and pitfalls cyclists face following
an accident on the road and has consistently secured favorable results
for our clients in their time of need.
It is possible to fight for the compensation you deserve.
Contact our firm today to start exploring your claim options.