"DOORED" WHILE CYCLING IN NEW YORK
Who is responsible when you are doored by a vehicle in NY?
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The "door zone" is the space of 2-4 feet adjacent to parallel
parked or stopped cars. While cycling in the "door zone," a
cyclist can suffer a severe injury or even death if a door is suddenly
opened into their path of travel. "Doorings" are all too common
in New York and make up a large percentage of our cycling crash practice.
When choosing a lawyer to handle a "dooring" crash case, your
lawyer should not only be a cyclist, but should also be familiar with
the laws and strategies used in litigating this type of crash. Not all
personal injury lawyers have this knowledge and experience. Daniel Flanzig
has written the only published New York Law Journal article on litigating
a "dooring" claim in New York and is regularly quoted in New
York and National news outlets regarding these claims.
To the best of our knowledge, we are the only law firm in the State of
New York to obtain
Summary Judgment for a cyclist in a dooring crash. This motion has been granted in BOTH
Kings County (Brooklyn) and New York County (Manhattan). This means having
a Court find as a matter of law, the vehicle was 100% responsible for
the crash. We have gained a
national reputation of being one of the top "dooring" crash attorneys in the country.
Read Daniel Flanzig's recent interviews on "Dooring Crashes"
The New York Post
The Toronto Star
THE LAW IN NEW YORK
In New York City and New York State, opening a vehicle door into moving
traffic is a violation of the Vehicle and Traffic Law:
Section 1214 of the Vehicle and Traffic law states "opening and closing vehicle
doors – "No person shall open the door of a motor vehicle on
the side available to moving traffic, and until it is reasonably safe
to do so and can be done without interfering with the movement of other
traffic, nor shall a person leave a door open on the side of a vehicle
available to moving traffic for a period of time longer than necessary
to load or unload passengers."
NYCRR- Section 4-12-(c) Getting Out of Vehicle: In New York City: "No person shall get out of any vehicle from the
side facing on the traveled part of the street in such manner as to interfere
with the right of the operator of an approaching vehicle or
NEW YORK CITY TAXI RULES
NYCRR- Section 4-11, Section C, requires "Taxis….while engaged in picking up or discharging
be within 12 inches of the curb or parallel thereto
4-11-Taxi and Cars for Hire -
(c) picking up or discharging passengers shall not be made
under such conditions as to obstruct the movement of traffic and in no
instance so as to leave fewer than 10 feet available for the free movement
of vehicular traffic;
Where stopping is prohibited; or
Within a bicycle lane.
Some Recent Results for Our Clients "Doored" in NY
DISCLAIMER: Previous results are not a guarantee of future success. Each case is unique,
and the final outcome of negotiations and/or a trial is never guaranteed.
$210,000.00 Recovery for Cyclist "Doored" in Manhattan
Daniel Flanzig obtained a
$210,000.00 recovery for cyclist "doored" in Manhattan. The cyclist, a model
and bartender, was "doored" on his way to work by an exiting
driver on 13th Street. As a result of the crash, our client sustained
a severe laceration to his bicep, requiring surgery to repair. The settlement
was reached before trial in the Supreme Court, New York County.
$140,000.00 Settlement for NYC Cyclist "DOORED" in the West Village
Cathy Flanzig obtained a
$140,000.00 settlement for a cyclist "doored" in the West Village. The cyclist
was lawfully within a bike lane when an exiting passenger of an NYC Taxi
Cab opened the door into his path. As a result of the crash, our client
sustained a fractured clavicle. In this case, the cab company and the
passenger's insurance company both contributed to the settlement.
$145,000.00 for cyclist "Doored" in Flatiron District
Daniel Flanzig obtained a
$145,000.00 recovery for cyclist "doored" on 19th Street in Manhattan. Our
client was traveling West on 19th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues.
As vehicular traffic was stopped, our client attempted to pass traffic
on the right. As he was traveling along side the defendant's vehicle,
a door swung open into his path. Our client attempted to avoid the opening
car door, swerved, and crashed.
No contact was ever made between the cyclists and the door. As a result of the fall
our client sustained a severely fractured wrist.. After obtaining the
full policy limit from the owners vehicle
($100,000.00), we were then able to obtain another
$45,000 from the exiting passengers own auto policy.
This case is an important illustration of two points. The first, contact
between a bike and a vehicle is always not necessary in order to establish
negligence on behalf of a driver or exiting passenger. Secondly, all possible
insurance coverage should be explored before entering into a settlement.
$97,500.00 Recovery for Woman "Doored" by NYC Taxi
Daniel Flanzig obtained a settlement for NYC cyclist who sustained a severe
back injury while "doored" by a tourist exiting a NYC Taxi cab
while the cyclist was lawfully traveling in the bike lane on 6th Avenue
in New York City.
$52,500.00 Settlement for Cyclist "Doored" by Van on Bell Blvd in Queens
Daniel Flanzig obtained a settlement of $52,500.00 for a cyclist who suffered
a fractured clavicle as a result of a "dooring" from the driver
of a commercial van. The settlement was obtained via a private mediation
while the case was pending on the trial calendar in the Supreme Court,
$45,0000.00 Recovery for Woman "Doored" by an FDNY Fire Truck
In the Spring of 2015, our client was cycling Northbound in the protected
bike lane on First Avenue in Manhattan. As she passing an inactive New
York City Fire Truck parked adjacent to the bike lane, a firefighter attempted
to exit the rear compartment of the truck. When he opened the large compartment
door, it entered the bike lane with the edge of the door striking the
cylcist's right finger. The impact caused a "burst injury"
lacerating her finger and disrupting tendons. The injury ultimately required
surgery to repair the tendon damage. A settlement with the City of New
York was reached while the case was still pending in the Supreme Court,
New York County.
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