It’s no secret riding a motorcycle tends to be a dangerous way to
travel. However, many motorcyclists enjoy the activity. Biking can be
a great way to avoid long lines of traffic, although lane splitting isn’t
yet legal in Texas.
Lane splitting refers to motorcycles driving between lanes of slow-moving
or stopped cars. This practice tends to be particularly hazardous in states
where lane-splitting is still looked on as an illegal or unsanctioned practice.
However, the Texas legislature is considering two bills that could change
the law regarding lane splitting. Senate Bill 288 would allow lane splitting
in some circumstances, such as the following:
- On controlled-access highways clearly marked and divided into two or more lanes
- When traffic congestion is in evidence
- When driving in the same direction as traffic
- When traffic is moving at twenty miles per hour or less
- When one’s driving speed doesn’t exceed traffic’s by
more than five miles per hour
If this law passes, bikers will have a much easier time pursuing personal
injury cases if they were lane splitting legally. Currently, people can
still file lawsuits if they were injured by negligence or carelessness,
but they might share liability for the accident if they were lane splitting.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, talk to one of our skilled
motorcycle accident attorneys about your case. We can look at your circumstances and offer
you experienced advice regarding your best legal course of action.
Contact us at (817) 591-4222 or fill out our online form to schedule your complimentary
case evaluation today.