Lane splitting is what happens when a motorcycle rider moves between lanes
of slow-moving or stopped cars to get through traffic faster. The practice
is illegal in many states, including New York, so many bikers tend to
do it at their own risk.
The act of lane splitting tends to be especially dangerous in states where
it’s illegal. Bikes are not as visible as other vehicles on the
road, and road hazards tend to have greater potential to cause accidents
with a two-wheeled vehicle, compared to a four-wheeled vehicle.
Even in California, the only state that has made lane splitting legal,
the technique can be dangerous. Cars on the road tend to make sudden changes
without signaling or even checking their mirrors. If bikers can’t
get out of the way in time, this kind of situation can cause an accident.
Likewise, New York City drivers tend to be more aggressive, which can
result in more dangerous accidents.
While the law protects bikers in cases where a car violated a motorcyclist’s
space inside a lane, it doesn’t necessarily protect a biker who
is lane splitting. Instead, if a car is damaged by hitting a motorcyclist
who is lane splitting, the car driver could sue the biker for damages
because the biker was breaking the law.
If you or a loved one were harmed by negligence in a motorcycle accident,
don’t hesitate to give our skilled
Kingston motorcycle accident lawyers a call.
Mainetti, Mainetti & O’Connor, P.C. is dedicated to helping the victims of carelessness seek compensation
for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property
damage. Let our experienced and compassionate see what we can do for you
and your family.
Contact us at (845) 340-4878 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case