If you have been injured in an Illinois motorcycle accident involving lane splitting, you may wish to speak to a Chicago personal injury attorney at Malman Law. We have a deep knowledge of handling motorcycle accident cases whether you were on a bike, in a different vehicle, or on foot.
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Lane splitting is the act of driving a motorcycle between two occupied lanes of traffic driving in the same direction. Lane splitting laws vary by state and is illegal in Illinois. Lane splitting may also be called traffic filtering.
In most states, lane splitting is illegal. A minority of states, like California, allow the practice. In some places, splitting lanes is legal but has restrictions—for example, riders may be prohibited from going more than 15 miles per hour faster than traffic and their speed may be capped at 50 miles per hour.
Lane sharing is the act of two or more motorcycle riders traveling abreast in the same lane and in the same direction. Illinois law does not specifically mention lane sharing.
The most common reason for lane splitting is traffic and congestion. Lane splitting allows motorcyclists to continue to travel between lanes even when traffic on both sides of them have slowed or stopped. However, some motorcycle riders will lane split to pass two cars traveling at the same speed in adjacent lanes or to avoid being rear-ended by a vehicle approaching them too quickly from behind. Other motorcycle riders may lane split while speeding or driving recklessly.
While lane sharing does have a few limited advantages – it can cut down on congestion, for example – many lawmakers have outlawed the practice because of its potential dangers:
Lane splitting accidents can be serious for both the motorcycle rider and all others involved. Accidents on the interstate and highway may happen at high speeds, while lane-changing accidents, and rear-end accidents could cause a chain-reaction of crashes. Lane splitting accidents involving pedestrians more often than not end with catastrophic injuries or even fatal injuries.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident involving lane splitting, it is imperative that you have an attorney who knows Illinois motorcycle law and personal injury law. At Malman Law, our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to handle your case with speed, accuracy, and assertiveness, from start to finish.
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