The California Highway Patrol (CHP) recently issued a press release about lane splitting for motorcycle riders. In California, motorcycle riders are allowed to lane split. Even though this popular motorcycle practice is legal, it’s not without risks. The CHP has a variety of tips to help improve safety for motorcycle riders that choose to lane split. Additionally, motorcyclists are encouraged to exercise extreme caution and vigilance when lane splitting and riding across town or across the state.
CHP’s Lane Splitting Tips for All Drivers
- Consider the total environment when lane splitting.
- Danger increases at greater speed differentials.
- Danger increases as overall speed increases.
- It is typically safer to split between the far left lanes than between the other lanes of traffic.
- Try to avoid lane splitting next to large vehicles like big rigs, motorhomes and buses.
- Riding on the shoulder is illegal; it is not considered lane splitting.
- Be visible- Don’t stay in the blind spots of other vehicles or linger between vehicles.
- Help drivers see you by wearing brightly colored/reflective protective gear and by using high beams during daylight hours.
Sharing The Road With Motorcycles
Even with protective gear and safe riding practices, motorcycle riders are at the mercy of motorists in larger passenger occupant vehicles. Drivers are reminded to share the road safely with motorcycle riders and other types of roadway users. Unfortunately, drivers who aren’t paying attention to their surroundings cause many injury causing and fatal motorcycle accidents. The CHP urges drivers to check their mirrors and blind spots frequently, especially before changing lanes or making a turn. Also, it’s critically important to be alert and courteous while sharing the road. Finally, never engage in any type of distracted driving behavior.
Motorcycle Accidents in California
Motorcycle accidents can leave victims in the hospital, out of work or worse. After any type of motorcycle accident involving a dangerous or distracted driver, it’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your claim. A lawyer can be your advocate and fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident in San Diego, along the Central Coast or in any of the surrounding communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.