Lane splitting is when a motorcyclist passes moving or stationary vehicles by driving through the gap between the lanes of traffic.
Lane splitting crashes – especially if they occur at speed – can be severe or fatal for the rider involved.
Why Are Lane Splitting Crashes Especially Serious?
There are a few reasons.
- Lane splitting brings motorcyclists and drivers into close proximity, so there's a greater risk of a direct collision.
- If the motorcycle turns or rolls over, the rider could fall under a moving vehicle and be crushed.
- There's a chance the rider could be pinned between two or more vehicles.
Even if the rider wears a helmet, lane splitting crashes increase the risk of fatal or life-changing injuries, including:
- brain damage
- internal bleeding
- limb loss
- organ damage
- severe fractures
How Do I Claim Compensation After a Motorcycle Crash?
If you're injured in a lane splitting wreck, you must prove four things to make a successful personal injury claim.
- The defendant owed you a duty of care, e.g., they're a fellow motorcyclist or driver.
- By driving carelessly or negligently, the defendant breached this duty.
- You were injured in the motorcycle crash.
- The injuries are a direct result of the defendant's negligent actions.
Lane splitting is illegal in Connecticut. In fact, lane splitting is only legal in California (although it is "tolerated" in several other states). There have been proposals to make lane splitting legal Connecticut Even if you should not be lane splitting in CT, the other driver still has a duty of care towards you. So, if we can show that the other party drove negligently (for example, they were on their phone or driving erratically), it's still possible to secure compensation.
An experienced motorcycle crash attorney like me can thoroughly evaluate the evidence and anticipate the defendant's arguments to build the strongest possible case in your favor.
Motorcycle Crash Attorney in Connecticut
Every motorcycle collision can be dangerous, but lane splitting crashes can be especially severe. If you're involved in a motorcycle wreck, you need an attorney with the experience and knowledge on your side to help you through the claims process. Contact me at (203) 339-5991 to arrange a free case evaluation. Alternatively, you can reach me through my contact form.
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