If you’ve ever seen motorcyclists driving between lanes or along the shoulders during rush hour traffic, you have a right to be concerned or annoyed. This is a tactic called “lane splitting,” and it is illegal in almost every state in the country — including Florida.
Florida Statute 316.209 states the following:
- All motorcycles are entitled to full use of a lane and no motor vehicle shall be driven in such manner as to deprive any motorcycle of the full use of a lane. This subsection shall not apply to motorcycles operated two abreast in a single lane.
- The operator of a motorcycle shall not overtake and pass in the same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken.
- No person shall operate a motorcycle between lanes of traffic or between adjacent lines or rows of vehicles.
- Motorcycles shall not be operated more than two abreast in a single lane.
The only exceptions to the lane splitting rule are police officers or firefighters who are currently performing duties associated with their work. All people who violate these rules are subject to tickets.
In addition, if a person causes an accident while lane splitting, they could be held liable for any resulting injuries, because they were negligent in failing to follow the rules of the road.
There are some motorcyclists who would say that lane splitting can be safer for motorcyclists than being stuck in heavy traffic. However, this is a moot point for injury cases, as it is still illegal in Florida.
For more information on filing an injury claim if you’ve been in an accident caused by a negligent motorcyclist, speak with an experienced Bradenton personal injury attorney at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.