Vehicle Making Left Turn
David asked: While on my bike I collided with a car making a left turn at a turn lane not a cross street with a traffic light. I was half way across road when the person in the car saw me but not in time to avoid the collision. Where I come from, Ontario Canada, a vehicle making a left turn or right turn cannot complete that turn unless “ALL” traffic in “ALL” directions is totally clear. What are the laws in the state of Florida pertaining to this issue?
The law is similar here.
If you were in the roadway, including the bike lane, the following applies.
s. 316.122 – Vehicle Turning Left
The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left within an intersection or into an alley, private road, or driveway shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction, or vehicles lawfully passing on the left of the turning vehicle, which is within the intersection or so close thereto as to constitute an immediate hazard.
If you were on a sidewalk, the following applies:
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.