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Yale Cyclist Received $205,000.00 for Cycling Injuries

On September 28, 2015, a Yale University college professor who was injured while riding her bicycle to work on March 27, 2013 was awarded $205,000.00 as a result of her injuries. The injury occurred on March 27, 2013 on Sachem Street in New Haven, Connecticut at approximately 10:59 a.m. The cyclist was riding her bike in a westerly direction, near the Peabody Museum, when a motorist parked alongside the northwestern side of the road unexpectedly opened his door into her path of travel. The cyclist, while wearing a helmet, was knocked unconscious when she crashed into the car door. After being transported by ambulance to Yale-New Haven Hospital, the cyclist was eventually discharged, but later suffered chronic jaw pain, for which surgery was eventually recommended. The attorney for the cyclist, John “Jack” Mills, of Mills Law Firm, LLC in New Haven, was quoted as saying: “We were very pleased we were able to resolve this case at the start of trial, and our client was extremely satisfied with the result. New Haven is a great place to cycle, but many of our streets are lined with parked cars, and even when keeping a vigilant lookout, a suddenly opened car door is always a hazard for someone riding a bike, even in designated bike lane. We hope motorists will take the time to check their side view mirror before opening their doors, but that does not always happen.”