Although there are fairly uniform motor vehicle traffic rules across the United States, the same cannot be said about laws related to bike riders.
Any avid bike rider who rides in cities is familiar with the fear of having an absentminded driver opening his or her car door without seeing the rider, leading the rider to crash into the door. I spent one summer of college working as a bike messenger and heard my fair share of stories of accidents caused by absentminded door opening.
So, if you’re a bike rider in Maryland, you may wonder what the law governing the way a driver or passenger can open their car door is. Let’s have a look.
Maryland law requires that no one open a door toward moving traffic unless it is reasonably safe to do so and it can be done without interfering with other traffic movement.
Further, no one may leave a door open to moving traffic for any period longer than necessary for passengers to get in or out.
Now, if you have been injured in a dooring accident, call my office at 888-542-4743 as soon as you can.