San Diego Lane Splitting Lawyers
While fully within their rights when driving in a “safe and prudent manner,” motorcyclists who split lanes are often at increased risk of being involved in an accident. Drivers often fail to respect riders’ rights even under normal circumstances, so when a motorcycle is traveling in between lanes its occupants are even more likely to suffer harm at the hands of a negligent or distracted driver. If you were injured while lane sharing or white-lining, the San Diego lane splitting attorneys at the Traffic Accident Law Center can help you win the compensation you deserve.
Lane Splitting Attorneys in San Diego for Motorcycle Accident Victims
California law does not specifically prohibit lane splitting. Lane splitting (also referred to as lane sharing and “white-lining”) is the practice of riding a motorcycle in the vacant space between vehicles in parallel lanes of one-way traffic. While dangerous at high speeds, lane splitting can be a reasonable, appropriate and safe practice in slow-moving traffic.
Although generally legal, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) may arrest motorcyclists who fail to white-line in a “safe and prudent manner.” When riders get ticketed for lane sharing, the charges are typically for either (i) driving too fast for the conditions, or (ii) failing to observe lane designations. However, even when a rider injured in a collision is ticketed for one of these violations, he or she may still be entitled to recover substantial compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages sustained as a result of the accident. If you were involved in an accident while lane sharing, our San Diego motorcycle accidents lawyers can help you determine if you have a viable personal injury claim.
Lane Splitting in a “Safe and Prudent Manner”
There are no hard-and-fast rules regarding what constitutes lane splitting in a safe and prudent manner. However, riders who adhere to the following guidelines can generally expect to be able to seek full compensation for their injuries and other losses:
- Only white-lining in slow traffic
- Driving no more than ten miles per hour faster than other vehicles
- Avoiding weaving in and out of lanes
- Exercising caution when entering intersections
- Wearing an appropriate helmet and other safety gear
Of course, the specific facts involved in each individual case will determine whether and to what extent a financial recovery may be available.
Contact a San Diego Lane Splitting Lawyer at the Traffic Accident Law Center
If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in a lane splitting accident caused by a negligent driver, please contact the Traffic Accident Law Center right away. The consultation is free, and there is no fee unless we win your case.