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Lane splitting

Lane splitting, also known as lane filtering or stripe-riding, refers to the practice of motorcycles maneuvering between lanes of traffic that are moving in the same direction. This practice allows riders to move ahead of other vehicles, often in congested traffic, utilizing the space between the adjacent lines of cars. Although it can be legal in certain states, insurance claims adjusters may still perceive it as reckless behavior. If you were injured in a bike accident while splitting lanes, a motorcycle accident lawyer can help you recover compensation by building a strong case based on the specific circumstances and traffic laws applicable in your state.
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    Is it Safe to Lane Split?

    While lane splitting can be a convenient way for motorcyclists to navigate through traffic, it can also be dangerous for several reasons. The close proximity of motorcycles to larger vehicles poses an increased risk of accidents. The reduced space between vehicles leaves little margin for error, making it more challenging for both motorcyclists and drivers to anticipate each other's movements.

    Splitting lanes can be risky due to the differences in speed between motorcycles and other vehicles on the road. If motorcyclists are moving at a much higher speed than the surrounding traffic, it increases the chances of collisions, especially if motorists are not expecting the rapid movement of motorcycles between lanes.


    Is lane splitting legal in the US?

    Although lane splitting is legal in some states, such as California, where it is officially recognized and regulated, an insurance claims adjuster may still deem a motorcyclist as reckless for engaging in lane splitting. This is because the practice is not universally accepted or regulated in all states. Even in states where it is legal, fault or liability can still be a matter of interpretation in individual accidents. Insurance adjusters may consider lane splitting as a contributing factor to the accident and assign a degree of fault to the motorcyclist.


    Can a Lawyer Help Me Recover a Settlement if I Was Injured in a Motorcycle accident?

    If you were injured in an accident while splitting lanes and believe the other driver was negligent, a motorcycle accident lawyer can help you navigate the legal process to seek compensation. They can gather evidence, such as eyewitness accounts and accident reconstruction, to demonstrate that the other driver's actions or negligence caused the accident.

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    If you were injured in a motorcycle accident that was caused by the negligence of another motorist, contact a motorcycle accident lawyer at MVP Accident Attorneys today to schedule a free consultation.

    If you decide to hire our legal team, we will work tirelessly to help you recover maximum compensation for your losses. Contact us today to learn more.


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