Lane splitting is the dangerous practice of moving between lanes of vehicles that are moving in the same direction but may be stopped or are moving slower than the motorcycle moving between them. Lane splitting is also referred to as lane sharing, whitelining, filtering or white-striping and it is illegal in most states. According to the Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual, “ automobiles and motorcycles need a full lane to operate safely and, therefore, lane sharing is usually prohibited.” Regardless of whether lane spitting is prohibited or not, it is a risky practice than can increase the chances of an accident occurring.
The Chicago motorcycle accident attorneys at Ankin Law Offices are familiar with lane splitting and other motorcycle laws and we will advise you regarding your legal rights and remedies following a motorcycle accident involving lane splitting.
Liability for Accidents Caused While Lane Splitting
Liability for accidents caused when a motorcyclist is lane splitting depends a great deal on whether or not lane splitting is illegal in that state. Most states prohibit lane splitting but the laws of each state vary on the specific practices that are illegal, only California allows lane splitting.
Liability also depends on whether the other driver contributed to the accident in some way, such as inattentive driving, cell-phone use while driving, changing lanes too quickly or driving while intoxicated.
Other Factors Affecting Liability
Other factors that can affect liability if an accident occurs while a motorcycle is lane splitting, include:
- Whether the motorcyclist was riding safely by not speeding or weaving in and out of lanes or between cars
- Whether the motorcyclist is an experienced rider
- Whether the motorcyclist has completed a motorcycle safety course
Motorcycle Accident Advocates You Can Trust
Because the issues of liability for motorcycle accidents involving lane splitting can be complex, the advice and representation of a skilled Illinois motorcycle attorney is critical. The Chicago motorcycle accident attorneys at Ankin Law Offices are familiar with Illinois motorcycle laws and the variety of legal issues that can arise following a motorcycle accident. Contact one of our skilled Chicago motorcycle accident attorneys to learn more about your rights and remedies following a motorcycle accident involving lane splitting.