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Lane-splitting in California

Lane splitting occurs when a motorcycle drives between two cars on the street. What you may not know is that lane splitting is illegal in California, until now. This post will go over the dangers of lane splitting and how it is treated in California law.

In most other states, lane splitting is strictly illegal. Most of the time, state legislatures side with car drivers. Car drivers are often scared by motorcycles that rev their engines or flash their lights as they zoom by a car. Most people assume that lane splitting is dangerous however a UC Berkeley found that lane splitting is safer for most motorcyclists because cars do not see bikes that are stopped in traffic.

California recently legalized lane splitting, last year. But the new law simply memorializes what most California officers have been doing for years. Police recognized for years that lane splitting was far safer for motorcyclists. The law permits lane splitting if motorcyclists drive 50 mph or less and only if traffic is slow, i.e. it is dangerous for the bike to stay within lanes.

Unfortunately, even with the lane splitting law, it is still incredibly dangerous for motorcyclists. Motorcyclists suffer far greater fatalities when involved in motor vehicle accidents than car or truck drivers. Moreover, motorcyclists routinely suffer more severe injuries. In short, it is very dangerous to ride a motorcycle.

If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, then you may want to contact a lawyer – you could have an actionable claim for damages. An attorney can review the facts of your case to help you determine the best way to secure fair compensation for your injuries. It could be that a negotiated settlement is best or perhaps filing a lawsuit is the prudent choice. Regardless, a lawyer can review your case to ensure that you don't waste any time or money pursuing a frivolous suit.

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