Mark Roman | June 19, 2020 | Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcyclists and Lane-Splitting
Getting out for a ride on your motorcycle is certainly a fun activity. Whether you are riding to the beach or going for an extended tour of your town, it’s no secret that motorcyclists are more likely to be involved in a severe accident than other motorists. Even though there are road hazards beyond your control, such as drunk drivers or debris blocking the road, there is at least one way you can reduce your risk of getting into an accident — avoid lane-splitting. In fact, lane-splitting is so dangerous, it’s been made illegal in Florida.
What is Lane-Splitting?
Lane splitting involves the dangerous maneuver of riding a motorcycle between two lanes in slow-moving or stopped traffic. Trying to bypass traffic with this move can cause a serious accident, resulting in a devastating injury.
Why is Lane-Splitting So Dangerous?
The following factors can increase a driver’s risk of getting into an accident when lane-splitting:
- Limited lane space between cars and motorcycles
- Unpredicted traffic moves such as lane changes and turns
- Driver blind spots
Injuries Caused by Lane-Splitting
While lane-splitting is just one way a motorcycle accident can happen, here are some of the most common types of injuries that motorcyclists sustain:
- Road rash/lacerations
- Fractures/broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Burn injuries
Since motorcyclists are not protected by a metal casing, seatbelts, or airbags, getting into an accident can be devastating.
Contact the Clearwater Motorcycle Accident Law Firm of Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers for Help Today
For more information, please contact the legal team of Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers for a free initial consultation with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Clearwater. We have four convenient locations in Florida: Clearwater, New Port Richey, and Tampa.
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