Lane Splitting

Precautions and Risks for Motorcyclists

In California, motorcyclists are legally allowed to ride in the same lane as cars, a technique commonly known as “lane splitting.” This law was enacted to address the heavy traffic on the highways that often leads to congestion. However, despite being legal, lane splitting can be dangerous, and motorcyclists must take extra precautions to stay safe.

One potential hazard of lane splitting is the risk of car doors suddenly opening. While it is not illegal for passengers to open car doors while a motorcycle is passing, it is still a significant danger. This risk is especially high in stop-and-go traffic, where a passenger may not see a motorcyclist coming and could open the door without warning.

Another potential danger is abrupt lane changes by cars. In congested traffic, drivers may not have much time to make a lane change and could suddenly lurch forward to take advantage of an opening. If a motorcyclist is passing at that moment, a collision could occur.

Road hazards also pose a risk to motorcyclists, with debris and potholes potentially causing a vehicle to swerve into the path of a passing motorcycle. Additionally, driving conditions such as bad weather can create dangerous situations, with tires throwing mud or splashing water in the direction of a motorcycle.

Driving at night can also increase the danger of lane splitting, with low visibility making it more challenging for both motorcyclists and car drivers to see each other. It is wise to take a more cautious approach when riding at night and avoid lane splitting if possible.

If an accident does occur, it is crucial to seek medical attention immediately and call emergency services at 9-1-1. Afterward, it is essential to contact an attorney who can provide legal advice and protect your rights. Do not speak to anyone about the accident until you have consulted with your attorney, and do not post anything about the accident on social media.

By taking these precautions and being aware of the risks involved in lane splitting, motorcyclists can stay safe while on the road.

What To Do If You Have an Accident

After calling the emergency services at 9-1-1 and getting medical care, contact your attorney at (281) 475-4535 to set up an appointment for a free consultation.

Do not talk to anyone about the accident until you speak with your attorney, especially an insurance adjuster.

Avoid posting anything about the accident on social media. Following this advice will help your attorney better represent you and protect your rights.

If the attorney takes on your case for personal injuries, you will not have to pay anything unless a settlement or judgment is obtained, and even then only a portion of the proceeds.