Anyone who is riding on a motorcycle knows how important it is to always drive safely. One area in which some controversy exists is lane splitting. This practice, which involves maneuvering the motorcycle between lanes of traffic traveling in the same direction, is considered safe by some and unsafe by others. In California, lane splitting is legal. That fact, however, has only a minimal impact on how lane splitting is viewed if there is an accident.
We know that there is a bias against motorcycle riders. Some drivers are uncomfortable when motorcycles zip through lanes of traffic. Some drivers might even be envious of these two-wheel bikes being able to move in such a manner. This prejudice might play a part in civil cases if an accident occurs.
It is always important for people who are on a motorcycle to drive safely, but that doesn’t mean that you should avoid lane splitting. Instead, it means that you should be careful and make sure that you are safe as you have fun. In the event that you are involved in an accident, you might have to deal with the bias of a jury.
There is a chance that someone who is lane splitting and is involved in an accident could be found at least partially at fault for the accident. This comparative fault would reduce the recovery that is awarded. In an effort to reduce that risk, people who are involved in a lane splitting accident and subsequently seek compensation should ensure they have someone on their side who is familiar with selecting juries for these cases and presenting these cases. We can help you learn your rights and options for the case.