While lane splitting is not legal in Florida, the debate is ongoing. Proponents of lane splitting believe it can help reduce traffic congestion and reduce carbon emissions. Those who are against lane splitting believe that it is a dangerous practice that can lead to more motorcycle accidents. Despite the fact that it is not legal, lane splitting continues to occur across Florida.
What is Lane Splitting?
Lane splitting occurs when a motorcycle rides over the dashed painted lines in the roadway to pass between slow moving vehicles. Lane splitting is most often used in slow moving or stopped traffic and allows motorcycles to use the space between cars to move ahead of the slower moving vehicles. Florida lawspecifically prohibits lane splitting, but many experienced riders still use the practice to cut down their commute time.
Is Lane Splitting Safe?
Proponents of lane splitting believe it can be safer for motorcyclists because it can help them avoid rear-end collisions with distracted drivers in stop-and-go traffic. Opponents of the practice say that it may be more dangerous for motorcyclists as they might be struck by cars that suddenly change lanes. In addition, it can be startling to drivers to have a motorcycle come up behind them.
It is important that drivers of motor vehicles stay aware of motorcycles and their surroundings. Lane splitting still happens so drivers should look out for motorcycles, especially when sitting in stop-and-go traffic.
Can Lane Splitting Affect my Personal Injury Claim?
If an accident occurs when a motorcyclist is lane splitting, then the motorcyclist will presumably be liable for the accident. A motorcyclist who is at fault for an accident will generally not be able to recover damages for their injuries. However, if it can be proven that the other driver was negligent in some way, such as driving while on a cell phone or performing other careless driving maneuvers, it may be determined that the driver contributed to the accident. Under the doctrine of contributory negligence, the motorcyclist then may be able to recover some of their damages based on their percentage of fault.
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