Dooring Accident Claim Settled for £70k

14 Sep 2021 | Andrew Middlehurst
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Claim for Car Dooring Accident Settles for £70,000

Andrew Middlehurst, specialist bicycle accident lawyer at Osbornes Law, has settled a car dooring claim for an injured cyclist in the region of £70,000.00.

What is car dooring?

Car dooring is when a vehicle’s door is opened into the path of an oncoming cyclist or motorcyclist usually because the motorist didn’t look before opening the door. Car dooring can lead to serious injuries especially for cyclists travelling at speed with little safety protection. In the UK it is illegal to open a car door into the path of a road user.

Background to the accident

Our client had been riding their bike along a quiet road in East London when the driver of a car suddenly opened their car door. Our client had no chance to avoid the collision and struck their face against the opened door. The driver was prosecuted for opening their door into the path of a cyclist.

Our client suffered serious facial fractures requiring surgery. The injuries were so severe that metal plates were used to fix the fractures. Unfortunately, our client developed chronic pain and headaches following the collision.

The insurers for the driver tried to settle the case early. Their first offer when the prognosis for the cyclist was unclear was under £15,000.

To better understand the long term financial impact of the injuries sustained, we arranged for our client to be referred to a number of medical experts to build up a full picture of her prognosis.

The cyclist was advised of the potential value of their claim and decided to continue gathering medical evidence.

Ultimately court proceedings needed to be issued and following this a settlement was reached with the insurers. The final award was in the region of £70,000.

This case highlights why an injured person, who receives an early offer of settlement, should always consult with a solicitor and take advice.

How We Can Help

If you have been injured in a cycling accident our personal injury lawyers can assist on a no win no fee basis.

Osbornes Law specialise in cycle accident claims, helping cyclists who have been injured following a collision. The firm is the legal partner to the London Cycling Campaign (LCC). Head of cycling, Stuart Kightley, is also a trustee of the LCC.

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