Need help with dooring laws in USA

I found 40 states have a law on the books prohibiting opening a car door into moving traffic. I know for a fact Virginia doesn’t have one because they’re debating the issue this week.

I can’t find a dooring statute for 9 other states. Before I report this as fact, if you happen to know otherwise please let me know.

The states without dooring laws (as far as I know): Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia

TIA for any help


  • January 16, 2013 - 10:05 am | Permalink

    This isn’t what you asked, but you may be interested to know that New York City has its own anti-dooring regulation (34 RCNY 4-12(c)) in addition to the state law (33 VTL 1214).

  • January 16, 2013 - 10:53 am | Permalink

    I would welcome such a law wherever there isn’t one. I would welcome cyclists not riding in door zones more. I’m not sure laws would really reduce their risk much.

    I hate this particular problem. Door-zone riding can move a cyclist through otherwise stopped bumper-to-bumper downtown traffic, which is the only time I’m tempted. Even then, splitting lanes is probably more safe than riding in that damned door zone. If traffic is moving, I simply take the lane and avoid the doors altogether. I’m off to read your Anti Dooring post now…

  • January 16, 2013 - 10:55 am | Permalink

    Had to look that anti-dooring post up — that five year old post links to a defunct website, though I think the bus driver story can still be instructional!

  • January 16, 2013 - 10:58 am | Permalink

    yeah, found that out. Agreed about the bus driver anecdote!

  • January 16, 2013 - 11:47 am | Permalink

    I don’t know about law but for Kentucky
    page 66 rules for motorists concerning bicycles

  • cyclingfool
    January 16, 2013 - 11:56 am | Permalink

    In re: to your question, I have seen mention locally here in the DC area of 45 states already having laws on the books. (See here: for instance). Not sure which five you’re missing or if the 45 number is inaccurate, both of which are possible.

    Sorry to muddy the waters…

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  • Max Power
    January 19, 2013 - 11:35 pm | Permalink

    NJ does not have a specific anti-dooring law, but the drivers’ manual does mention that a driver who does door another road user may be liable for the collision:
    “A motorist opening a door into traffic may be liable for any collision with a moving vehicle. ”

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