In stopped traffic, motorcyclists may weave through the lanes of vehicles in an effort to avoid the jam, but this is a dangerous activity and in many places it is illegal. Lane splitting , as it is known, can cause motor vehicle operators to lose sight of the motorcyclist while in traffic, which may lead to serious injury or death because drivers simply do not know where the rider is.
In Connecticut, lane splitting is illegal. Section 14-289b under the Operation of Motorcycles states that, “the operator of a motorcycle shall not overtake and pass, in the same single traffic lane occupied by such motorcycle, any motor vehicle other than a motorcycle, or operate a motorcycle between lanes of traffic.”
The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported in 2010 52 Connecticut motorcycle riders lost their lives in traffic accidents across the state. If a motorcyclist maneuvered between lanes of traffic and you were involved in an accident as a result of their negligence, you may be entitled to compensation that can assist in paying any medical bills or other costs associated with the accident.
The legal team at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers believes that motorcycle accident victims deserve to be fairly and competently represented in court. There are serious ramifications associated with motorcycle and motor vehicle injuries, which can affect the victims on a long term basis, as well as cause them and the ones they love severe emotional distress.
We will always fight for the MAXIMUM amount of compensation due to our clients, and our skilled legal team can offer peace of mind to motorcycle lane splitting accident victims during a very difficult time.
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Lane Splitting Safety Precautions
Accidents that occur while a motorcycle is splitting lanes are usually the fault of the motorcyclist. Cars do not anticipate a slowly creeping motorcycle to weave through traffic, and this negligent behavior is usually what causes the motorcycle rider to be found liable for the crash.
Because lane splitting is illegal in Connecticut, riders should simply not do it. If, however, they choose to, keeping the following tips in mind can help to keep them and other drivers safe:
- Wear reflective clothing
- Always ride with headlights on
- Never lane split when traffic approaches or exceeds 30 mph
- Be sure drivers see you
- Only drive at a speed slightly faster than traffic, not excessively faster than the drivers around you
- Honk if cars are getting too close together and wait until they thin out to pass
- Be aware of vehicle blind spots and stay away from them
- Make eye contact with drivers to anticipate any lane changes
Practicing safe and cautious maneuvers are the best way to avoid a lane splitting accident. It is possible that a crash involving a lane-splitting rider is not the fault of the motorcyclist. In this case, any injuries or damages that the rider sustains may be covered through compensation by the negligent driver.
Lane Splitting Injuries
Any accident involving a motor vehicle and a motorcycle can do serious damage and cause devastating personal injuries, and lane splitting motorcycle crashes are no different.
Some of the most common injuries associated with lane splitting include:
- Road rash
- Facial disfigurement
- Rider’s arm
- Spinal trauma
- Dental trauma
- Head injury
- Broken wrist
- …to name a few.
Because motorcyclist’s bodies have no physical barrier between the rider and the road, the injuries that can result from a motorcycle accident can oftentimes be life altering. The compensation that is awarded following a successful verdict or settlement can help victims recover without the worry of financial ruin because of another person’s negligent behavior.
After a lane splitting accident, seek medical attention immediately. Once any physical wounds have been treated, contacting a skilled motorcycle accident lawyer in Connecticut can be the best course of action to help your recover and to bring the careless parties to justice.
Our Connecticut Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Can Help
The personal injury lawyers at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers realize the impact injuries from dirt bike accidents can have on not only on the victim’s life, but the family’s, too. We know that these injuries bring unnecessary pain to the victims, who never could have imagined that a recreational activity might bring their death or change their life forever.
Our legal team has over 140 years of combined legal experience and will fight for the MAXIMUM compensation that you may be eligible to receive.
Our offices are located New Haven / Woodbridge, Bridgeport, Hartford, CT and we proudly offer legal counsel to those in surrounding areas, such as:
- South Windsor
- …and most other surrounding towns and suburbs of these areas.
Call 1-800-PERKINS or complete the 100% FREE and COMPLETELY CONFIDENTIAL “Case Review” form at the top of this page to see how the lawyers at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers could help you on your road to recovery from traumatic brain injury.