Motorcycle accidents often result in catastrophic injuries, and sometimes even death. In California, lane splitting is a common occurrence for motorcyclists, because it is legal. Lane splitting refers to when a motorcyclist rides in-between lanes when there is slowed or stopped traffic. Although it is legal in California, there are still regulations that must be abided by, such as:
- When motorcyclists are lane splitting, they should not be doing so at speeds more than 10 mph faster than what the normal traffic is already going. For instance, if normal traffic is going at 20 mph, then the motorcyclist should only be going at 30 mph.
- There should be no lane splitting unless the slowed or stopped traffic is going more than 30 mph. If the traffic is going faster than 30 mph, then there should be no lane splitting.
- When lane splitting, motorcyclists are only allowed to do so in the first and second lanes, which are the lanes that are all the way to the left.
- As a motorcyclist, if you cannot fit, then do not attempt to split lanes. This is not safe for you or the other drivers.
- Lastly, do not attempt to drive if you are under the influence of a controlled substance, such as drugs or alcohol.
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