Bicycles in Crosswalks
David asked: I often ride on sidewalks with the flow of traffic though there is a bike lane. My question has to do with right turning vehicles, the drivers of which often think they can turn faster than I can cross an intersection. If I were to be struck by a vehicle in this circumstance, crossing in a crosswalk, who presumably would be at fault? This scenario happens every time I ride, I’d say at a frequency of 1-3 times per mile traveled. Just to clarify, there is little difference riding in the bike lane, but in that scenario I think I understand I have the right of way.
We can’t determine fault without all the details of a particular incident. Numerous variables could influence that, so that is the function of the courts.
On this site, we state the applicable laws. Those related to bicycles in a crosswalk can be found under “crosswalks” in the tag cloud.
Briefly, bicyclists in a crosswalk have the rights and duties of pedestrians and motorists must yield under most circumstances. One determining factor may be the speed of the cyclist.