In an interview with WTOP News, Herndon bike accident lawyer Doug Landau was asked about his views on recent bike safety legislation proposed in Virginia and Maryland. Landau spoke in favor of a proposed mandatory bike helmet law in Maryland, citing the increased likelihood of a cyclist sustaining brain injury after being in an accident without a helmet.
In Virginia, a bill which would require citations for drivers or passengers in parked cars who, upon opening the car door in the path of a cyclist, hit the cyclist, failed in the General Assembly. This incident is often referred to as “dooring.”
Landau says dooring almost always results in a fracture for the cyclist and sometimes results in a catastrophic injury. Opponents of the bill felt that the law was unnecessary. “Ultimately, I believe that citizen safety — in this case for cyclists — should be a high priority for our legislators,” says Doug.