State Of Illinois To Start Tracking Dooring Of Bicyclist Accidents

Governor Quinn announced on Monday that the Illinois Department Of Transportation (IDOT) will now be collecting information on dooring of bicyclist. Dooring occurs when someone in a parked vehicle opens his or her door into the path of a bicyclist who then runs into the door and is thrown off their bike. Quinn’s office said that the goal is to see if anything more can be done by the state to protect bicyclists. Local police departments across the state will begin tracking dooring accidents and report back to the state so that the data can be included in Illinois traffic accident statistics. The Chicago injury attorneys of Zneimer & Zneimer note that a large percentage of the bicycle injury cases they handle involve dooring accidents. These accidents are especially dangerous because of the risk that the doored bicyclist will be knocked off his or her bike and be thrown into moving traffic and then get run over by a car, truck or bus.