Traffic laws apply to anyone operating a motor vehicle. There are often specific laws pertaining to certain types of vehicles, such as motorcycles or tractor-trailers. In this state, for instance, lane splitting is a lawful maneuver for motorcyclists, which could be an important piece of information if a collision occurs that leads to litigation.
Lane splitting is addressed in section 21658.1 of the California Vehicle Code. Lane splitting is basically defined as a motorcycle with two wheels that are on the ground, traveling between rows of vehicles in the same lane, whether the vehicles are stopped or moving and whether or not there is a dividing line between traffic lanes. This definition applies to any type of road or highway.
California drivers must expect to and be prepared to share the road
Those driving in California are responsible for being aware of the traffic laws in this state. Motorists must exhibit awareness and caution when sharing the same lane with a motorcycle. However, it is important to be aware that riding on the shoulder of a roadway is not lane splitting and is not a legal maneuver.
If a collision occurs that results in injury to a motorcyclist
Many motorcycle accidents are fatal. In cases where a motorcycle operator survives the collision, serious or life-threatening injuries may result. If the evidence suggests that another driver was at fault, a recovering accident victim may file a personal injury claim in civil court to pursue recovery of monetary damages incurred. It is helpful to retain an experienced personal injury law attorney before heading to court in order to build a strong case that proves a defendant breached a duty of care to the plaintiff and that his or her negligence was a causal factor in the collision.