Why Motorcycle Lane Splitting is Dangerous for Georgia Roadways


June 02, 2015

Motorcycles are a big part of many peoples' lives all across Georgia and in the Southeast. Not only are they a form of transportation, but are also seen as a hobby by some, and a way of life by others. Motorcycles, like any other vehicle, can be dangerous on any given road or highway, and at any given time. However, motorcycles are often seen as more dangerous than a car or truck, simply because motorcyclists and any passengers have very little, if any, protective barriers if they are involved in an accident.

What is Lane Splitting?

Some Georgia motorcycle accidents involve what is known as "lane splitting." This term is used to describe motorcyclists that cut in between lanes in order to pass traffic. Given the maneuverability of motorcycles, it is relatively easy for them to fit between lanes, and while sometimes motorcyclists are able to travel between lanes without colliding with adjacent vehicles, it can be a risky practice, and places them at much greater danger of being struck by another vehicle or potentially losing control such as if a vehicle comes to close. Thus, devastating accidents can sometimes result from lane splitting.

Under Georgia law, lane splitting is illegal. This is very important for all motorcyclists to understand, because all state laws are different, and some states might not prohibit motorcycles from traveling in between lanes and/or vehicles. As such, if any accident involves lane splitting in Georgia, an injured person can hold the motorcyclist responsible for causing the accident. While most motorcyclists travel the roads with the priority of safety to others, the act of lane splitting poses an unnecessary risk that is avoidable.

However, it is important to understand that a motorcyclist may not always be at fault for causing an accident. For example, if a vehicle attempts to change lanes directly into a motorcycle, and the motorcyclist quickly travels between lanes in an effort to avoid an accident, any resulting accident may be considered the fault of the other driver. It isn't always easy to determine who is at fault for causing accidents that result in significant injuries or death.

How a Georgia Personal Injury Attorney Can Help You

Any individual injured as a result of someone else's negligence deserves to have his or her potential case evaluated by a legal professional.  With the assistance of an attorney, you will have answers to questions that can help you determine if someone else may be responsible for causing the accident that resulted in your injuries. There is no downside to discussing your situation with an attorney, and taking advantage of a free consultation.

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It takes a strong advocate with the necessary experience and knowledge to thoroughly evaluate your case and help you determine if you may have a valid legal claim regarding the injuries you have suffered. With more than thirty years of experience, Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, is a personal injury law firm whose foremost goal is to resolve our clients' legal matters in the most reasonable and effective way possible. 

Contact Montlick & Associates for your free consultation. During your consultation, you will learn about your legal rights and the steps necessary to protect those legal rights. The Atlanta Auto Accident Lawyers at Montlick & Associates have made it their goal to be the best personal injury law firm in Atlanta and throughout Georgia.

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Category: Auto Accidents

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Many of our blog articles discuss the law. All information provided about the law is very general in nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Every situation is different, and should be analyzed by a lawyer who can provide individualized advice based on the facts involved in your unique situation, and a consideration of all of the nuances of the statutes and case law that apply at the time.