Lane Splitting in California is Not Always Okay: Learn How to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents
At Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas, we’ve written numerous blogs for you that focus on the ins and outs of legal lane splitting by motorcycles. Essentially, this practice refers to motorcycles driving between vehicles that are stopped in traffic or that are going very slowly. We’ve outlined some of the situations in which it’s okay to lane split and we’ve shared ways to do so without increasing the chances of a motorcycle accident.
Today we want to talk about something quite different than advice on how and when to lane split. Today we want to talk about situations in which a savvy motorcycle rider would never lane split. Read on to learn more but if you’ve been injured in a motorcycle or car accident as a result of lane splitting – or anything else that was the result of someone else’s negligence – call us right away at 909-982-0707 for your free case evaluation.
Don’t do it if you’re not an experienced motorcycle driver
We need to stress: Lane splitting is legal in California. That said, it’s not wise for someone who’s inexperienced with driving motorcycles. Those who have little experience are more likely to be injured during lane splitting, though any motorcycle rider can tell you that drivers always pose a risk to even motorcyclists who are lane splitting after decades of experience.
Don’t do it if you’re driving faster than 30 miles per hour
The California Highway Patrol says that you should never lane split if you’re traveling more than 30 miles per hour. Remember, this is to be used only when the cars around you are essentially stopped and there’s a clear path for your motorcycle. The California Highway Patrol also recommends not splitting lanes when traffic isn’t moving predictably.
Don’t do it if there are dangerous road conditions
If it’s raining and the road is wet, then a motorcycle is more likely to slip, which makes lane splitting inadvisable. Likewise, if there’s construction going on, damage to the road, or an uneven road, then lane splitting can be extra dangerous.
Don’t do it when there are large trucks involved
It’s best not to lane split with big vehicles like RVs, buses, or trucks because they have huge blind spots and may not be able to see you. You also don’t want to lane split if there’s a big truck that’s preventing you from seeing clearly in front of you, or if there’s any other reason you can’t see a clear way through traffic.
Lane splitting is legal but it’s not always advised
Just because lane splitting is legal in California doesn’t mean that you can’t be held responsible for an accident caused by lane splitting. If you or a loved one has been injured in any type of accident – including a motorcycle accident – then we encourage you to call Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 right away. We offer a free case evaluation and can help you find the best way to move forward. We look forward to assisting you during this troubling time.