Whenever someone is riding a motorcycle, they might choose to split lanes and travel by going between rows of traffic. Some people argue this action is dangerous, while others believe that lane-splitting helps everyone reach their final destinations much more quickly. However, everyone will likely agree that motorcyclists should exercise caution whenever they choose to lane-split. This means there is a possibility of motorcycle riders being liable for accidents that involve lane-splitting when they don’t follow the proper precautions.
If you have any questions about lane-splitting, fault in an accident, or legal representation during the claims process, you do not need to manage these issues alone. The Newport Beach motorcycle accident lawyers from Younglove Law Group have extensive experience with legal matters, and we have a long track record of bringing success to our clients. We dedicate ourselves to offering quality services and support. Please contact us for more information or assistance.
What Is Lane-Splitting?
Lane-splitting is the label given to a motorcyclist going between lanes of traffic and maneuvering themselves between cars. The areas where lane-splitting normally occurs are on top of the white-painted dotted lines and the outer portions of the lanes. Motorcyclists will often use lane-splitting to speed up their travel to their final destination, freeing up space in the lanes for other vehicles like cars.
In some states, lane-splitting is illegal. California allows lane-splitting, and has additional laws to keep motorcyclists safe. For example, vehicle drivers are not allowed to block lane-splitting bikers intentionally or to attempt to open their doors to harm motorcycle riders.
When Are Motorcyclists Liable for Lane-Splitting Accidents in California?
Lane-splitting does not typically result in accidents, especially when motorcyclists are mindful and make an effort to drive cautiously on the road. Wearing protective gear, like motorcycle helmets and a thick biker jacket, can also decrease the likelihood of severe injuries in these rare circumstances.
Motorcyclists might be liable for an accident caused, in part, by lane-splitting unsafely. For example, not checking their surroundings and choosing to lane-split at a speed differential that is much higher than that of surrounding traffic can result in dangerous accidents. Not signaling appropriately can also result in injury.
Who Else Might Be Responsible for a Lane-Splitting Accident?
Most often, parties other than motorcyclists are responsible for car accidents involving lane-splitting motorcyclists. Car drivers and other cyclists can also be liable, as can others present during the event or otherwise involved. The following parties might be responsible in your case:
- Another motorcycle rider
- Another driver
- Vehicle or parts manufacturers
- Rideshare driver
- Rideshare company
- Distracting passengers
- City or state government
- Owner or renter of the premises
- Employees or employers of the property
- Others present
In short, many people might be liable for an accident in which lane-splitting was somehow connected or a factor. Because there is a big chance that someone other than the motorcycle rider was primarily responsible, we recommend you work with a lawyer for assistance. Your motorcycle accident attorney can help you narrow down the list of potentially responsible parties and hold them accountable for your claim.
Motorcyclists involved in lane-splitting collisions often sustain severe injuries and are thus unable to provide statements to responding police officers. It is vital that you seek representation as quickly as possible after your accident, so your attorney can work to preserve all evidence and protect your rights. This time will allow your lawyer to collect and analyze evidence connected to your case, build arguments in your favor, and better understand your circumstances and needs. Working with a lawyer instead of representing yourself will also improve your chances of receiving fair compensation for your losses and injuries.
Call Younglove Law Group for Help With Your Newport Beach Lane-Splitting Accident Case Today
If you have been in a motorcycle accident and suffered injuries as a result, whether lane-splitting was a factor or not, we can help. The Newport Beach motorcycle accident lawyers from Younglove Law Group have several helpful resources that can benefit your case, including tailored strategies, tools, and information. You can contact us at your earliest convenience if you want to retain legal representation for your claim.
When you reach out to us and partner with one of our attorneys, our dedicated team will be prepared to support you during every step of the process, prepare you for difficult decisions that lie ahead of you, and treat you with compassion and respect. You can connect with us by calling (949) 691-3660, using our toll-free number at (844) 810-1800, or completing our contact form, whichever you prefer.