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Is Lane Splitting Legal in Connecticut?

Lane splitting is a common practice among motorcycle riders. The act of riding between lanes of traffic has obvious benefits for riders, who save time wasted in traffic. There are some who also believe that lane splitting is safer for motorcyclists then sitting amidst a sea of cars and trucks. They believe that it cuts down on rear end accidents and minimizes the risk of severe injuries to motorcycle riders. The topic is a source of controversy, as many automobile drivers think that motorcyclists are “cutting” in front of others and jumping the line while others believe that it’s a good way to cut down on road congestion.  Whatever side of the issue you’re on, it is important for motorcyclists to know that lane splitting is not legal in the state of Connecticut.

Motorcyclists choose their mode of transportation with the understanding that it involves risk, but that does not mean that they don’t value their life or safety. Many feel that lane splitting increases their safety when it is done right, and they base this on both studies and their own experience on the road. They make the important point that rear-end accidents, which represent roughly 40 percent of accidents in the United States, are particularly dangerous for motorcycle riders as compared to those who are passengers in a car, and that lane splitting provides them with the ability to avoid being hit from behind by an inattentive driver. A California Highway Patrol study showed that motorcycle riders suffered far fewer and less serious injuries when lane splitting, with almost half as many accidents involving lane splitting involving head injuries and 55 percent fewer deaths.

In addition to lane splitting giving motorcyclists the advantage of cutting the risk of direct impact, it is also safer because riding between lanes generally involves a slower rate of speed. Most lane splitting is done at less than 30 miles per hour. Riders who exceed this speed or who exceed the speed of the traffic around them by more than ten miles per hour are far more likely to suffer serious injury.

It is worthwhile to have a serious dialogue about lane splitting’s benefits, but until the laws have changed, it remains illegal in the state of Connecticut and may be interpreted as negligence if it results in an accident and injury. If you suffer an injury from an accident with a motorcyclist who is lane splitting, you may be entitled to compensation for the damages that you have suffered. These damages may include the medical expenses that you have incurred, any wages that you lost as a result of seeking medical attention or while recovering, property damages, and more. The experienced lawyers at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers are passionate about making sure that those who are injured as a result of negligence get the compensation that they deserve. Call us today to set up a free consultation to discuss your case.


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