Lane splitting, also known as lane sharing or filtering, is the practice of riding a motorcycle between lanes of slow moving or stopped traffic in the same direction as that traffic. Many drivers are under the misconception that lane splitting is illegal, when in fact, it’s legal in the state of California.
If you’re a motorcyclist in California, then it’s important to be aware of the state’s many laws on motorcycles. Motorcyclists are vulnerable. Without the safety features that automobiles provide – namely, air bags and a steel frame – motorcyclists are at a greater risk of injury should they end up in an accident.
Motorcycle accidents are all too common. In fact, in 2019 alone, 5,014 motorcyclists were killed and an estimated 84,000 were injured in the United States. It was also reported that motorcycle fatalities occurred nearly 29 times more frequently than passenger car fatalities in the U.S. in 2019. Given these statistics, it’s important that motorcyclists across the country be aware of the main causes of motorcycle accidents so that they can do their best to avoid them.
Motorcycle accidents can have devastating repercussions. From concussions and traumatic brain injury (TBI) to broken bones and even paralysis, motorcycle crashes can cause serious physical and emotional harm. If you were recently injured in a motorcycle accident, then determining who was at fault for the collision is critical, as this determination will help you claim damages. Damages in a personal injury claim, such as a motorcycle accident injury claim, can range from medical expenses (medications, surgeries, doctor’s appointments, diagnostic tests, physical therapy, caretaking, and more) to lost wages or loss of profits if you were forced to miss work owing to your injury.
If you have a motorcycle, and get into an accident while on your motorcycle, you’ll quickly find out that bikers go through the toughest negotiations during accident claims. The negative press has pervaded pop culture and led to a bias against motorcyclists in our general society. Bikers are seen as reckless, dangerous individuals who constantly put themselves in danger, and insurance adjusters are quick to adopt these beliefs.
Taking that motorcycle out for a spin can be an exhilarating experience. Whether you are a newbie to the bike or a motorcycle veteran, summer weather and clear skies make for an ideal riding experience. There are, however, important safety tips to remember while out on the road. These tips can help you avoid injury or even worse, as motorcycle riding can be dangerous no matter who is operating the vehicle.
Lane-splitting in California is legal. That’s right – California is the only state in the U.S. that has officially recognized and encouraged the practice of motorcyclists passing between two lanes of traffic.
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