Crash in a Crosswalk
Kirsten asked: My friend and her husband got hit by a woman in a car, while they were on their bikes in a crosswalk. No one was injured but their bikes got messed up. The woman who hit them, called the law and my friend and her husband were told they would be ticketed for going the wrong way in the cross walk if they were to press charges against the woman. Obviously being they were in a crosswalk there is no right or wrong way, so was the woman who hit them in the wrong?
When in a crosswalk, cyclists have the same rights and duties as pedestrians.
s. 316.2065 – Bicycle Regulations
(9) A person propelling a vehicle by human power upon and along a sidewalk, or across a roadway upon and along a crosswalk, has all the rights and duties applicable to a pedestrian under the same circumstances.
For a pedestrian or a bicyclist on a sidewalk or crosswalk, there is no right or wrong direction.
Drivers must yield to pedestrians and cyclists in a crosswalk. However, they must already be in the crosswalk in sufficient time to allow the other driver to see them and yield. Whether anyone was at fault would be determined by the nature of the intersection, position and speed of all parties before the incident.
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