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Lane-Splitting: Legal or Illegal?

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What is Lane-Splitting?

Lane-splitting happens when a motorcyclist rides between two cars that are going in the same direction. Typically this maneuver is used to circumvent traffic jams to get ahead faster. This common practice among motorcycle riders is not legal in North Carolina and is also dangerous. Here’s what every rider needs to know.

The Hazards of Lane-Splitting

Motorcyclists are already at a disadvantage when it comes to road safety — and when a rider attempts a lane-splitting maneuver, it can increase the risk of being involved in a crash. These are some of the most common reasons why motorcycle crashes happen when riders attempt lane splitting:

  • Motorcyclist is inexperienced

  • There is not enough space between motorcycles and cars

  • Other motorists making unpredictable lane changes

  • Blind spots cause drivers not to see motorcyclists coming through

Who is Liable for a Lane-Splitting Crash?

Determining liability in a lane-splitting motorcycle wreck can be tricky. Insurance companies are notorious for finding ways to either low-ball settlements or deny them altogether. However, having a skilled personal injury attorney assist you with your claim can make all the difference.

When it comes to recovering damages for a crash that involves lane-splitting, the rider must show that the other vehicle driver had contributed to the accident. For example, the driver of the other vehicle was distracted by talking or texting on the phone. It may also help this type of claim if there is proof that:

  • The motorcyclist was riding responsibly (not weaving in and out of lanes or speeding).

  • The motorcyclist is an experienced rider.

  • The motorcyclist has completed a safety course.

  • The other driver made dangerous maneuvers such as making lane changes without signaling or changing lanes abruptly.

Injured in a Motorcycle Crash? Contact Lanier Law Group, P.A.

Whether you were lane-splitting or not, being injured in a motorcycle crash can have life-long, devastating consequences.

If you were injured in a motorcycle crash, our North Carolina personal injury attorneys are ready to help you. When you are facing mounting medical bills or have suffered lost wages, we’ll fight the insurance companies to ensure you receive the compensation you need and deserve.

Contact Lanier Law Group, P.A. at (855) 757-4204 to schedule a free consultation.

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