Motorcyclists that engage in lane splitting to avoid traffic can increase the risk of getting hit by a driver. Despite the risks, lane splitting is legal in California. When motorcyclists engage in lane splitting, it is more difficult for drivers to notice them they are traveling in between cars. Lane splitting is dangerous because it is easier for motorcyclists to get hit by drivers who don’t see them. If you were injured because of a lane-splitting accident, you can speak to a lane-splitting accident attorney. Our team understands how these accidents occur and will make sure you receive fair compensation for your motorcycle accident. For a free consultation, call Maho | Prentice Law.
How Does Lane Splitting Occur?
Lane splitting happens when a motorcyclist chooses to ride between two lanes of traffic. This is even if vehicles are moving in both lanes. Motorcyclists often do this when traffic is slow so that they can avoid congestion. Motorcyclists can seek damages from the at-fault driver if they are hurt in such an accident.
Common Causes of Lane Splitting Accidents
Motorcyclists get hit by other cars mainly because of driver error, likely due to misjudgment or because of inattentiveness. Here are additional reasons that drivers hit motorcyclists:
Drivers that make lane changes without using their indicators to warn bikers can cause lane-splitting accidents.
A driver may suddenly brake when they notice the motorcyclist but end up hitting the biker in the process.
Because motorcycles are smaller vehicles, they will be more difficult to notice than cars. A motorcyclist might be in the blind spot of a driver while lane splitting. When the car changes lanes, it can accidentally hit the biker.
Why Do You Need A Lane Splitting Accident Attorney?
Lane splitting accidents might be difficult to prove, which is why you’ll need an attorney to represent your claim. They’ll perform the following tasks:
Launch An Investigation
Your attorney has to find out the cause of your accident. Even if you are partially liable, your attorney will estimate your percentage of fault for the lane splitting accident case. Your compensation will be reduced based on your percentage of fault.
In addition to photographic evidence and the police report, your attorney can find more proof to strengthen your settlement claim. They may reach out to eyewitnesses, request traffic camera footage, and file subpoenas. This allows them to collect enough evidence to prove the fault of the driver.
Calculate Your Damages
Lane splitting attorneys will calculate your economic and non-economic damages. This includes medical bills such as prescription medicine, clinic visits, physical therapy, surgery, lab tests, x-rays, and more. Attorneys also will include any lost wages that you missed because you had to take time off from work. Your past and future lost income will be added to your settlement. Any non-economic damages will be calculated by your attorney and an insurance adjuster based on the severity of your wounds.
Negotiate A Settlement
Your attorney will negotiate with the at-fault party’s insurance company to ensure that you get a fair settlement amount.
Represent You In Court
Your attorney will represent you in court if the other party fails to agree to your settlement demands.
A Lane-Splitting Attorney Can Help You Get Fair Compensation
Speak to a motorcycle accident attorney now to learn how they can help you. Tell them what you experienced and tell them your side of the story. You can find out whether you are owed compensation and how much after an initial consultation. Attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, so you don’t have to pay unless we win your case. Ask all your questions by speaking with an attorney as soon as possible. Call Maho | Prentice Law now for a free consultation.