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OPENING THE CAR DOOR CAN CAUSE A CRASH

Posted by Jay L. Ciulla | Oct 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Every so often, I encounter a case in which a parked vehicle opens a door into a pedestrian, bicycle or another vehicle causing an car accident.  In one such case, a parked car negligently opened a door in front of my bicyclist client, causing her to fly off her bike causing a head injury. Most people don't know that Arizona law places the higher duty of safety on the vehicle opening the door.

Arizona Revised Statute, Section 28-905. Opening vehicle door reads as follows:

A person shall not open a door on a motor vehicle unless it is reasonably safe to do so and can be done without interfering with the movement of other traffic. A person shall not leave a door open on a side of a motor vehicle exposed to moving traffic for a period of time longer than necessary to load or unload a passenger.

Whether you are a driver or passenger, look in the side view mirror or over your shoulder before opening your door safely.

Jay L. Ciulla is a Phoenix personal injury and wrongful death attorney at the Ciulla Law Firm, PLLC.

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Jay L. Ciulla

Jay L. Ciulla is a native of Phoenix, Arizona. Since 1997, he has been helping injured injured people with their legal issues. He has extensive litigation and trial experience and has represented clients in more than one hundred trials.

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