If you’re hurt riding a motorcycle, there’s a greater chance than ever that it’s not because of the road conditions, but because of the driver behind you – and it has re-ignited the debate over lane-splitting.

Here in Los Angeles it is already starting to turn into summer, and (like most of the year) the weather makes it more tempting than ever to ride your motorcycle. In addition to them using less gas than cars, you can often navigate traffic more quickly and have an easier time finding parking. However, riding a motorcycle in California is not without its dangers.

New statistics from the California Department of Transportation show that if you are injured while riding a motorcycle –there’s a greater than 25% chance it was a rear-end collision while the motorcyclist was stuck in traffic. This runs counter to the typical perception of riding a motorcycle as being a hazardous activity because of road conditions (like gravel on the road, or black ice) or of dangerous maneuvers like merging or splitting lanes. Instead, what it means is that even if you exercise due diligence riding a bike, make sure it’s running well, are aware of your surroundings, don’t speed, and stay attentive to drivers around you, you are still at a great risk of being hit by a driver directly behind you while waiting in traffic. In many ways this is worse than any of those other factors, as it is something completely out of your control.

The only thing within your control in a situation like that, is to make sure to contact an attorney right away who is skilled in personal injury law and can hold that other driver responsible.  In addition to shedding light on the necessity of utilizing a good attorney should these type of accidents occur, it also has re-engergized the controversy around lane-splitting.

Lane splitting is when a motorcyclist drives in the space of the road that lies between two lanes in order to go between and pass larger vehicles that occupy those lanes. In California, the practice is legal but has come under fire by those who feel it is dangerous and who point to the fact that California is the only state where it is fully legal. Lane-splitting helps cut down on the potential of a person who is simply not paying attention (because of a cell phone of attempt to eat a breakfast sandwich) and makes you an unwitting victim by not stopping when you and the rest of traffic does. This has led some drivers to intentionally swerve to block motorcycles from passing by them, which (ironically) often times ends up in the very accidents that they purport to be against when they say they are against lane-splitting in the first place!

At Slatter Law, we have protected motorcyclists and their right for over 30 years. If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, you can rest easy knowing we will get you the money you deserve for your injuries. If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident, please call us today for your free consultation at (310) 444-3010 or toll-free at (888) 293-0404.