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Who is in the wrong? Cyclist being hit by turning car sparks heated debate (video)

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Footage of a cyclist being hit by a turning car has sparked a heated debate over who was in the wrong.

The video, which was taken in Bedford Park on the outskirts of Adelaide, Australia, shows gridlocked traffic on Main South Road when the cyclist is seen overtaking cars on the inside lane. But as he entered the intersection, a white car turned straight into his path resulting in a scary collision.

The cyclist escaped without any serious injuries, but the video has divided the internet, with hundreds claiming the cyclist was at fault.


  1. He is in a bicycle lane not an inside lane.
    Car has responsibility to check the way is clear and give way to traffic going straight, that is law.
    This is simply the problem with a lack of bicycle awareness in the genera
    l community.

  2. I can’t tell you what a court would decide. But, I believe both were to blame. Both were less than careful in an intersection that offered an obscured view to both the driver and the cyclist. Both should have been more tentative in handling the intersection. If a child had taken the track of the car and was struck by the cyclist, then it would be all too clear who was to blame.

  3. Cyclist should have been going slower. Or he could have been quicker to hit his brakes. He made no attempt to swerve around the car.
    Cyclist could have avoided the trouble if he had ridden down the center of the road, overtaking the stalled vehicles on their right side, he would have then seen the oncoming vehicle making a turn.
    Cyclist did Not have enough lights on the bike.
    Bad bike lane design, inadequate lights and brakes on the bike. I can’t say the driver deserves any jail-time for this one.

  4. Looks to me as if the cyclist in is a bike lane and has right of way? He doesn’t seem to have crossed any white lines that would indicate he needs to stop or give way.

  5. It appears as though the cyclist was in a designated bike lane and the driver turning left had to yield when crossing the bike lane so the driver was at fault. Having said that one could question the judgement of the cyclist for riding that fast in such a congested area with reduced visibility and not anticipating the possibility of a car turning.