Opening Doors Into Traffic

Did you know that you could be just as liable (or more liable) for property damage or injury for opening your car door into traffic as the person driving the car that comes into contact with your door?  Well you can.  That is why it is so important to look for oncoming traffic before you open your door.  In Pennsylvania, there is a statute on the subject which states, “No person shall open any door on a motor vehicle unless and until it is reasonably safe to do so and can be done without interfering with the movement of other traffic.”  75 Pa.C.S.A. § 3705. 

You could also be severely injured if you open your car door into oncoming traffic.  Remember that the best protection is to be alert and vigilant of your surroundings.