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Opened Car Doors

Malman Law. Premier Personal Injury Attorneys

Injury Attorney Steven J. Malman

Chicago Motorcycle Accidents Due to Opened Car Doors

opened car doorOpening a car door into oncoming traffic can catapult a motorcyclist dozens of yards down the pavement. It is impossible to overemphasize how deadly such a mistake can be. The only good news that could possibly come out of such an event is that you are probably entitled to more compensation than you realize.

Don’t Allow Yourself to Be Taken Advantage Of

Most motorcycle accident claims are paid out by insurance companies. Unfortunately, auto insurance companies are for-profit enterprises who lose money every time they pay a claim. Instead of the compassion and sympathy that you need right now, you are more likely to receive a bag full of cheap tricks from the insurance company. You need an aggressive lawyer.

There Is No Substitute for Results

At Malman Law, the word “results” doesn’t mean “eloquent legal arguments” – it means money in the bank and we know how to get it:

  • We’ve been practicing personal injury law continuously since 1994
  • 95 percent of our clients receive compensation, mostly through private settlements
  • We have served over 15,000 winning clients
  • Opposing parties have transferred over $200,000,000 to our clients

Insurance companies know us, and they know about our track record. It can make a real difference when you tell them that you have selected Malman Law to represent you.

Client Testimonial

“Two years ago, I was involved in a trucking accident involving a 14-wheeler truck that nearly disabled me for life. Steve fought to make sure that I received the most possible compensation for my injuries. I was about to take the insurance company’s lowball offer, but decided to call Steve first – it was the best decision I’ve made yet.” – Malman Law Client

Practice Areas Related to Motorcycle Accidents

Malman Law handles the following types of motorcycle accident claims, among others:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can the IRS tax my settlement?

Generally not. The only parts of your recovery that the IRS can tax are:

  • punitive damages (if you receive them, and most claimants don’t); and

  • interest charges on your compensation that accumulate between the day you are injured and the day you receive compensation.

You might also be charged if you took a tax deduction based on medical expenses that you were reimbursed for.

Who is likely to be liable for an opened-door motorcycle accident?

One or more of the following parties:

  • The driver of the vehicle.

  • A passenger who opened the door.

  • The driver’s employer, if the driver opened the door and he was on-duty at the time of the accident.

  • The manufacturer of the vehicle, if a defect in the door caused it to pop open or remain open when it should have clicked shut.

  • The motorcyclist, if he was partially responsible for the accident (by lane-splitting, for example). In this case, Illinois comparative fault rules would apply.

What kind of evidence will I need to gather?

You are likely to need the following:

  • A police report of the accident

  • Photographs of the accident scene

  • Eyewitness testimony

  • Medical records

  • Medical treatment bills

  • Proof of lost earnings

Other items might also be required.

What are the most common injuries suffered by motorcyclists in open-door accidents?

Opened-door accidents are likely to be far more devastating for a motorcyclist than for a motorist. Some of the most common injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injury

  • Whiplash

  • Spinal cord injuries

  • Road rash

  • Bone fractures

  • Permanent disfigurement

  • Nerve damage

Empty Pockets? No Problem

At Malman Law, we don’t play the “billable hours” game. Since we win 95 percent of the time, we’re prepared to make this offer – either you win your claim or we work for free. Because we don’t think you should have to work for nothing, you will never owe us a dime until your compensation is already in the bank.

Injured by an Opened Car Door? The Sooner You Act, the Better Your Chances Will Be

Motorcycle accident claims weaken over time – witness memories become foggy, evidence deteriorates, and the statute of limitations clock keeps on ticking. Act decisively by calling Malman Law today at 1-888-836-5975 or by completing our online form, and we will schedule you a free consultation to discuss your case.

Firm Awards & Recognitions

Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the American Institute of Legal Counsel. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list for 2018-2019.

  • Only the top 100 trial lawyers from each state or highly-populated regions of certain states who are actively practicing in civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law are eligible for invitation. Invitees must demonstrate superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a legal professional. The selection process for this elite honor is based on a multi-phase process based upon objective and uniformly applied criteria which includes peer nominations combined with third party research.

    Prospective members of The NTL are carefully screened prior to receiving an invitation for membership.

  • Top Attorneys Diamond Member

  • Top Attorneys of North America 2019-2020

  • The American Institute of Trial Lawyers is an invitation only professional organization composed of premier trial attorneys from each state. These attorneys exemplify the very best qualities and qualifications of an attorney. Each attorney must meet stringent qualifications as a civil or criminal trial attorney. These attorneys practice in a variety of fields to help and promote the ethical and elite practice of law. Selection is based on a thorough multi phase process which includes peer nominations and third party research. Each member must be in good standing with their local compliance organization. Membership is extended to only a select few in each state and/or region.

  • As the founder of Steven J. Malman and Associates, P.C., Attorney Steven Malman has 21 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, premises liability, construction and workers’ compensation cases. Mr. Malman is one of Chicago’s leading authorities on personal injury law and has taken a special interest in defending the elderly from neglect and abuse. He has personally handled over 10,000 cases successfully, and collected hundreds of millions dollars for his clients.

Client Review

  • "I'm very pleased to recommend Malman Law to my friends and relatives! I have to mention how efficient and professional in dealing with my case has been with everyone that I've been in contact with at Malman Law. Mrs. Sabo is outstanding as well as her secretary and assistant in responding quickly to any of my questions or concerns. This firm has gone above and beyond to keep me updated and get answers to my questions at any time, weekends included! Malman Law rules in my opinion! "

    - Cheryl Wagemann
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