It is very common for motorcyclists to engage in a maneuver known as lane splitting whenever traffic is moving very slowly or not at all. Lane splitting consists of riding in between lanes of bumper to bumper traffic. The legality of lane splitting is very ambiguous and varies from state to state. The majority of states consider lane splitting an illegal maneuver but do not take measures to prohibit the practice. Lane splitting is quietly permitted because it is known to reduce traffic congestion.
The practice is legal in most of Europe and the state of California where they have found that as long as the rider is proceeding in a safety-conscious manner, lane splitting is not dangerous. When the maneuver is legally recognized, it can work its way into motorcycle and driver education programs. According to Deseret News, the Utah House Transportation Committee has been considering a bill, HB281, which would amend current motorcycle laws to permit lane splitting. Supporters of HB281 noted that in places where lane splitting is permitted and integrated into driver education courses, there is less traffic congestion.
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The key point here is that educating motorists is integral to motorcycle safety. In other words, there is nothing inherently unsafe about lane splitting, but everyone sharing the road should have an in depth understanding of how to do it safely. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by a careless motorist, our national motorcycle accident attorneys can help. The Metier Law Firm, LLC has been defending the rights of victims of motorcycle accidents for years. Our trial lawyers have the resources and expertise to recover the full compensation that you deserve. For more information, contact us today at (866) 377-3800.
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