• Portland personal injury attorney Michael Colbach, Oregon

    Portland Personal Injury Attorney

 Car drivers, make sure you and your passengers always look before opening your car door.


Oregon Law:
811.490 Improper opening or leaving open of vehicle door; penalty.

(1) A person commits the offense of improper opening or leaving open a vehicle door if the person does any of the following:

(a) Opens any door of a vehicle unless and until it is reasonably safe to do so and it can be done without interference with the movement of traffic, or with pedestrians and bicycles on sidewalks or shoulders.
(b) Leaves a door open on the side of a vehicle available to traffic, or to pedestrians or bicycles on sidewalks or shoulders for a period of time longer than necessary to load or unload passengers.

(2) The offense described in this section, improper opening or leaving open a vehicle door, is a Class D traffic violation.
[1983 c.338 §655; 1985 c.16 §320]

Chapter 811
Vehicle Code Book
Oregon: Rules of the Road for Drivers

In Portland, we have great bicycle transit opportunities, but getting doored is still something that every bicycle rider fears at one time or another because for a bicycle rider, getting doored can cause serious injury and even even death.

Car drivers and passengers must be aware to avoid the potential accident and look every time before swinging a car door open.

Bicycle riders -bike path traffic - have the law on their side. Bicycle riders and bike lanes put bicycle riders in the position to be exceptionally exposed to this type of road hazard where the bicycle rider may have no escape option: collide with the door or veer into oncoming traffic.

The person who opens the door into the path of traffic, bicycle or vehicle, pedestrians, or even opens the door for a longer period than necessary commits a Class D traffic violation.