LOS ANGELES, California (July 21, 2016) — Most people enjoy running into famous actors in Los Angeles, but bicyclist Erick Netterblad literally crashed into “Entourage” star Jeremy Piven as the actor swung open his car door Tuesday near The Grove, according to TMZ.
The bicyclist was riding near the mall when Piven reportedly opened the door to his 2015 Cadillac CTS and he crashed into it.
The encounter not only left the 35-year-old bicycle rider star struck, but it sent him to the emergency room at the hospital where he was stitched up for minor to moderate injuries to his chest.
The 50-year-old actor who portrays the character Ari Gold on the HBO series “Entourage,” immediately helped the injured bicyclist by assisting him and sitting him down in the shade to wait for police and paramedics.
Although the actor was deemed to be at fault for the incident, he was not cited by police. Also, the bicycle rider was not very upset and has no plans to sue Piven, according to news reports.
Bicycle Riders Fear “Doorings” or the “Door Prize”
Most bicycle riders are apprehensive about passing parked vehicles because they anticipate that many motorists may not see them and suddenly open their doors into their path. Cyclists refer to this type of crash as a “dooring” or a “door prize,” but the injuries to a rider hit by an opening door can be deadly.
Under California Vehicle Code Section 22517, a motorist who opens a door into the path of another vehicle, bicyclist or pedestrian must make sure it is safe to do so or they will be at fault for the accident and liable for a person’s injuries.
“People have actually died in crashes where someone has opened a door in their path and others have suffered serious injuries,” said Attorney James Johnson.
If you were injured in a bicycle accident or a collision with a negligent motorist, take steps to protect your legal rights. Contact Johnson Attorneys Group at 800-235-6801 to request a free consultation.
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