Roundabouts are a problem for cyclists because most motorists, quite frankly, don’t know what to do with them. The difficulty is for these two lane roundabouts where two vehicles can move through them at the same time. Typically, when a car is coming into a roundabout in the inside lane, they can’t make the first right that they come to. They have to go to the second, third or all the way around to exit that first exit on the right. And, that’s regardless of whether there are markings on the road that might indicate to them that they can do so.
When a cyclist enters a roundabout they will typically be on the outside lane. Roundabouts are usually substandard, so the cyclist has the right to take the lane. Even when a vehicle in the inside lane has the right to exit they don’t have the right to exit if they can’t do so safely. They can’t exit across a vehicle in the lane and that includes bicycles as well, meaning they can’t turn across a cyclist.
We found that even police get these investigations wrong. If you have been involved in any type of roundabout crash, you need to talk to someone who understands them, will hold the police accountable for a proper investigation and who will make sure your rights are adequately protected.