Occupants of vehicles in Dallas or Fort Worth open their vehicle doors all the time without looking for a motorcyclist who could be near them. When a motorcyclist crashes into a door of a vehicle that opens suddenly, he can suffer life-altering injuries—like traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage, paralysis, and amputation of a limb—or die. Fortunately, there may be more than one party responsible for compensating the victim for his injuries.
Potentially Responsible Parties in an Open-Door Crash
Motorcyclists get injured by other motorists opening their vehicle doors for a variety of reasons. Depending on the cause of the crash, there may be more than one party potentially responsible for the injured victim’s injuries, including:
- Driver of the vehicle who hit the rider. This person could be liable if he or one of his passengers hit the motorcycle.
- Passenger of the vehicle. If a passenger of a vehicle opened his door and caused the crash, he could be responsible for the motorcyclist’s injuries.
- The employer of the driver. If the driver was driving a taxicab, business vehicle, or a truck, the employer of the driver could be liable for compensating the motorcycle rider.
- The driver of the illegally-parked vehicle. A driver of a vehicle who parked illegally could be responsible for the victim’s injuries if his illegal parking contributed to the crash by shielding the motorcyclist from seeing an oncoming hazard.
- Manufacturer of the vehicle. The manufacturer of the vehicle who hit the rider could be liable if a defect in the vehicle contributed to the crash.
- Manufacturer of the motorcycle. The manufacturer of the motorcycle could be responsible if a defect in the motorcycle at least partially caused the crash.
If you have been injured in an open-door motorcycle crash, it is important to contact an experienced motorcycle attorney as soon as possible after your crash. Fill out our online form to schedule a free, no obligation consultation to learn how we can help you.