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Should Motorcycles Be Able To Pass Between Cars In California?

Motorcycle accidents can be extremely dangerous and can cause a great deal of stress in a rider’s life. A motorcycle accident is often a life-changing experience because of the injuries sustained during the accident. These accidents can lead to very costly medical bills or lost wages.

Injuries from motorcycle accidents typically range from minor scrapes and bruises to intense life-threatening injuries. These injuries can affect your ability to perform daily life activities. If you or someone you know has sustained injuries in a motorcycle accident, contact a knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorney with the Los Angeles Injury Group. Our attorneys want to fight for your legal rights and help you receive the maximum amount of compensation. We will handle your entire legal claim so you can focus on your recovery.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 5,286 motorcyclists killed in vehicle accidents in 2016. These motorcycle accidents can be incredibly devastating. If you or a loved one drives a motorcycle, you should be aware of the lane-splitting laws. Accidents do occur because of this so it is important to always be aware of the road. Injured victims might have an opportunity to receive compensation for their injuries. The attorneys at Los Angeles Injury Group are knowledgeable in California personal injury law and want to help you fight for your legal rights. We will evaluate all of the evidence surrounding your accident.

California Law 

Fresno, CA - Fatal Motorcycle Accident on Highlands Ave

In California lane splitting is neither legal or illegal. Currently, no law prohibits motorcycles from passing cars between lanes. Depending on the state you are in, lane splitting could be considered an illegal act for motorcycles. If a motorcyclist is excessively speeding and passing cars, the cops could pull them over for riding dangerously on the highway. If a car tries to prevent a motorcyclist from passing them, they could be at fault if an accident occurs. No matter what type of motor vehicle you drive, the driver is always responsible to be aware of their surroundings and yield to any traffic in front of them.

Lane Splitting Accidents

A common cause of motorcycle accidents is when a motorcyclist is passing in between cars. Car drivers oftentimes don’t see the motorcyclist because they are passing between cars and driving in their blind spots. Typically this occurs when a motorcyclist is driving faster than a vehicle. A vehicle driver can be considered at fault if they attempted to prevent the motorcyclists from passing them.

In the case of an accident, motorcyclists are more susceptible to becoming severely injured because they don’t have protection around them like passengers inside cars have. If you are driving alongside a motorcyclist who tries to pass you, let them do it. It is safer for drivers to allow them to pass rather than speeding up to prevent them from passing. This is extremely dangerous and could cause a serious accident with life-threatening injuries.

It is important for motorcyclists and vehicle drivers to always be aware of their surroundings. Both individuals need to constantly check their mirrors and blind spots to prevent accidents from occurring. Motorcyclists are more mobile so they should constantly be aware of the vehicles around them so they can react to avoid an accident if possible.

Motorcycle Safety

When motorcyclists are driving alongside other vehicles, they shouldn’t travel more than 10mph. It is more dangerous for motorcyclists to pass at high speeds because they have less time to react in unexpected situations. As they are passing other vehicles, they should always be alert of the cars around them and their next moves.

When a motorcyclist is passing between cars, they should do it in the farthest left lane. The right lanes have more action because there are on-ramps and exits over on that side. When traffic is merging on the highway, lane splitting becomes way more dangerous. Also, semi-truck drivers typically use the right lane for driving so it will be easier to see and pass cars without semi-trucks being involved. They have larger blind spots, which creates a higher chance of an accident occurring. Additionally, it is illegal to pass on the shoulder of the highway so motorcyclists should never do that. Even if they believe they can pass on the shoulder, they could scare another vehicle driver, which could cause a dangerous collision. 

Motorcyclists should not try to lane split if they don’t think they will fit through the gap available. They need to think about their wide bars fitting through tight spaces between cars. It is not worth it to take the chance. Motorcyclists should always be more cautious when lane splitting because they are less visible than other vehicles on the highway.

Los Angeles Injury Group Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Motorcycle accidents can be the cause of some serious life-threatening injuries. Consult with an attorney at Los Angeles Injury Group if you have suffered injuries due to the negligent actions of another driver. Seek advice from a highly trained motorcycle accident attorney to explore all of your legal options.

Our attorneys at Los Angeles Injury Group will investigate every part of your accident to formulate the best claim on your behalf. We want to make sure you receive the maximum amount of compensation. Let us help you fight for your legal rights.

The attorneys at Los Angeles Injury Group know how stressful motorcycle accidents can be. We are aware of the long-term effects on your life and want to help you file a legal claim against the at-fault party. If you were involved in an accident by no fault of your own, contact a motorcycle accident attorney at Los Angeles Injury Group.

Our personal injury attorneys will deal with all aspects of your legal claim, so you can focus on your rehabilitation process. Find out how our personal injury attorneys at Los Angeles Injury Group can assist you.  Call us today at (310)-954-7248.


Note for the readers: This post has been derived from the use of secondary sources and the information provided has not been independently confirmed. The photos depicted in these posts are not representative of the actual accident.  Any inaccuracies will be swiftly corrected once they have been brought to the site’s attention and all requests to remove posts will be honored.

Disclaimer: This post is intended to provide general information to our readers and to honor the victims of everyday tragedies. We do not wish to cause any disrespect and none of the information contained in this post should be construed to constitute legal or medical advice. Laws vary by jurisdiction and cases often turn on minor differences In fact. Do not rely exclusively on any of the information contained in this post and seek further assistance from a legal or medical professional, where necessary.

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