Lane Splitting Can Lead To Fatal Accidents
- July 30, 2015
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What is lane splitting?
When a motorcycle rider rides between two lanes while vehicles are either stopped or moving slowly, this is known as lane splitting. Lane splitting most often occurs during high traffic jams.
Lane Splitting and Motorcycle Laws
In New York, lane splitting is against the law. Statute 1252 stipulates that a motorcyclist cannot operate their bike between adjacent lines, rows of vehicles, or lanes of traffic. Lane splitting is considered to be dangerous and increases the chances of an accident.
Risks of Lane Splitting
Lane splitting is one of the top reasons for motorcycle accident cases. Through research, it was revealed that of all motorcyclists who lane split, 11.7% reported to have been hit by a vehicle, and 3.2% stated to have hit a vehicle while lane splitting
As per another study, while lane splitting, a quarter of the motorcycles (24.1 percent) reported going 5 mph faster than other traffic. A larger 42.1 percent travel 10 mph faster than traffic, and 20.5 said they go 15 mph faster than traffic. This proves how the speed is intensified while lane splitting. According to the NHTSA, 37% of all motorcycle accidents involved speeding.
Therefore, motorcycle riders put themselves at high risk for serious crashes while lane splitting, sometimes with multiple vehicles, especially while weaving through other vehicles that are either slowing down or at a complete stop. Lane splitting also puts riders at risk of being clipped by side mirrors on cars, or bumping into the sides of vehicles.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to experience a deadly accident on the road than those in passenger cars and lane splitting greatly increases the risk.
Can Motorcycle Lane Splitting Cause Harm To Other Vehicle Drivers?
Absolutely! When a driver suddenly notices a motorcyclist closer than normal beside them, as they attempt to begin their lane change, the driver normally swerves back into their original lane. This can cause the driver to lose control of their vehicle and crash into another vehicle or lamp post, causing injury to them or someone else. Essentially, all people on the road are at risk for these types of accidents.
Lane splitting may be a debatable topic for many, as some may say it saves time and clears the roads from congestion. However, it is important to remember that lane splitting must be done responsibly to prevent major accidents.
Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Rockland County
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident as a result of lane splitting and need legal help, contact our motorcycle accident attorneys at Rockland Injury Lawyers to discuss your case. Call us at 845-709-8005 / 800-940-1799. We also serve those located in Spring Valley, NY.