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What happens when the passenger opens their car door......(3 posts)

What happens when the passenger opens their car door......tronracer
Sep 16, 2002 11:42 AM
In Philly, the law states that a bicycle may ride on the right OR left side of the road.

So what happens to the passenger who doesn't look before swinging a door into traffic...assuming a police officer gets involved? Same as what happens to a driver? Or a different situaton altogether.

REMEMBER: there are cars parked on the right AND Left. ONE lane of traffic in the middle.
re: What happens when the passenger opens their car door......No_sprint
Sep 16, 2002 12:24 PM
I believe in California it is against the vehicle code to open a door into traffic. Therefore, total liability rests with the person performing the infraction.
Always the person in the cars fault in most placesPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Sep 16, 2002 12:26 PM
In most places I've heard/know of it is the duty of the occupant of the car (which I would guess has to mean driver or passenger(s)) to check to see if there are any motor vehicles on the road. Since a bicycle is on the road it therefore becomes a motor vehicle.

When I took drivers ed I was driving around doing the in car stuff and a woman opened her car door pretty close to where we were... it was a wide enough road there was no danger of me hitting it but my driving instructor made the joke that I had missed the "door prize".

However, another question is how insurance would look at it if your buddy opened the car door into oncoming traffic and got it taken off or into a cyclist and took them out.

Cheers,
Nick
PodiumBound.ca