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Lane-splitting motorcyclists can be dangerous for others

On Behalf of | Mar 20, 2024 | Motorcycle Accidents

California is unique in allowing motorcyclists to legally “lane split.” Lane splitting is even addressed in the California Vehicle Code (CVC). Specifically, the CVC defines lane splitting as “driving a motorcycle…between rows of stopped or moving vehicles in the same lane….”

While the maneuver is legal, that doesn’t mean there aren’t conditions where it’s not safe to do. Further, some motorcyclists don’t do it safely. They need to make sure that a driver sees them before moving in front of them. That means staying out of a vehicle’s blind spots. These blind spots are particularly large for trucks and RVs.

Drivers often don’t see riders until it’s too late

It’s easy for a driver to be startled by a lane-stripping motorcyclist. This can cause them to swerve into another lane or put on their brakes suddenly – both of which can cause a serious collision.

Lane-stripping motorcyclists who speed can be particularly dangerous to those sharing the road with them. While it can be tempting for motorcyclists to speed through stop-and-go traffic on our freeways, this can be especially risky for everyone involved.

Car vs. motorcyclist crashes typically result in more serious injuries for a motorcyclist than anyone in a car. However, drivers and passengers can be seriously injured if a motorcyclist causes the driver to make an unsafe move to avoid them.

If you’ve suffered injuries in a collision caused by a reckless or careless motorcyclist or motorist, you have the right to seek compensation for medical bills and other expenses and damages. Having experienced legal guidance can help you maximize your claim.

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