For motorcycle riders, nothing compares to the joy of taking to the open road aboard your bike. These vehicles can be an exciting and exhilarating way to travel and take in the beautiful countryside of Florida. However, it is also a dangerous activity and often made more dangerous by a driving habit known as lane splitting.
Lane splitting is one of the most dangerous ways a motorcycle can travel. It entails driving between lanes of slow-moving or stopped traffic. Though it is illegal under Florida law, this does not stop many bikers from engaging in the activity in order to travel more quickly. Every year this causes a large number of injuries and deaths to motorcyclists on Florida roads and highways.
The reason lane splitting is so dangerous is because it involves traveling in a space not intended for a vehicle. The space between vehicles is very small and, even though motorcycles are tiny vehicles, there is little margin for error when you travel between vehicles. If a motorcycle veers slightly off course or a vehicle steers out of its lane, a collision is likely to result. When a motorcycle crashes with a vehicle, the biker can be thrown from the seat and may sustain life-threatening injuries.
Lane splitting endangers more than just the biker. Other motorists may have to swerve to avoid hitting the bikes, which can cause them to lose control or collide with other vehicles. Lane splitting is a major offense that should be avoided due to its inherent danger and illegality.
Some motorcycle crashes are due to lane splitting. If you’ve been involved in one of these accidents, speak with a compassionate personal injury attorney at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh right away.