What Motorcyclists in Georgia Should Know About Lane Splitting
Posted in Firm News on July 19, 2018
If you are unsure about the regulations regarding lane splitting in the metro Atlanta area, the attorneys at Cruz & Associate are here to help. Cruz & Associates has more than 25 years of experience dealing with major and minor traffic accidents. On America’s major highways and interstates motorists of all types – cars, pickups, big rigs, dump trucks, buses, hybrids, gas, diesels and, motorcycles – share the road, and they all share the responsibility to keep everyone safe.
The speed, adrenaline, freedom, and maneuverability a bike provides entice your many riders to choose a bike over a traditional automobile. In Georgia, in the United States, and around the world motorcyclists routinely enjoy that maneuverability – enabling the rider to weave in and out of heavy traffic situations, avoiding gridlock on highways and interstates at peak travel times – a practice commonly known as lane splitting.
Is Lane-Splitting Legal?
The question of lane splitting depends on the state. In some states, the practice is legal. However, Georgia Law prohibits lane splitting. Motorcyclists argue that in heavy traffic situations, their bikes should be able to meander through lanes. Key premises to these arguments center on the ideas that motorcycles emit less carbon, and lane-splitting can reduce traffic congestion. Therefore, the law should allow riders should to skirt traffic laws – according to proponents. In Georgia, lane-splitting is illegal, and, if you or someone in your family gets into an automobile accident resulting from a motorcyclist lane-splitting, the motorcyclist may be liable for your injuries.
What about the Dangers of Riding a Motorcycle?
Even without lane-splitting, motorcycling can be dangerous and create hazards for other drivers. Riding a motorcycle is far more dangerous than driving or riding in a traditional enclosed vehicle. According the Centers for Disease Control, a motorcyclist is 20.6 times more likely to get into a traffic accident than an automobile driver. Helmets and protective outerwear can prevent injury in the case of an accident. According to the CDC, in 2015 helmets saved almost 1,800 lives; helmets could have save 740 more if the rider who crashed been wearing one.
If you notice a motorcyclist is lane-splitting or driving negligently, there are some ways to stay safe:
- Be the bigger person, do not try to block or hinder the movement of his or her motorcycle.
- Refrain from honking or antagonizing the driver or others on the road.
- If you feel the negligence warrants police intervention, call law enforcement.
If you are in an accident resulting from a negligent motorcyclist, you should:
- Call Law Enforcement Immediately
- Call Your insurance company
- Seek Medical Treatment
- Contact Cruz & Associates
Exploring legal options and filing a lawsuit can be a life changing decision. During this process, you and your family will want to surround yourselves with a team of Atlanta motorcycle accident attorneys you can trust. Contact Cruz & Associates for a free case evaluation.
One of our attorneys will meet with you to review the details of your case and thoroughly discuss all of your options. Our seasoned attorneys have experience with all aspects of personal injury law and traffic accidents. Based on the facts of your case, our team will work tirelessly to negotiate an amiable resolution. Reach out Cruz & Associates today for a no-cost evaluation.