Updated: Feb 14
If you drive a motorcycle, you have probably heard the term lane splitting. It is an action that is taken by motorcycles that is actually illegal in the state of Florida. If you are wondering what exactly that law states and what rules you should abide by, then keep reading. We are going to go through it all.
What is Lane Splitting?
For those of you who have never heard the term, it is when a motorcycle maneuvers itself between two lanes of stopped or slowed traffic. This action is stated in the Florida statute as an illegal act. This action should not be confused with lane sharing, which is when bikers ride side by side on the road, that action is allowed.
Why is Lane Splitting not allowed?
Besides it being the law, it is also extremely unsafe. Because it allows bikes to almost appear out of thin air or in your blind spot, it can make other vehicles on the road unsettled, not to mention they could miss you standing there entirely, as well. Although some bikers argue that lane splitting is safer for bumper to bumper traffic where they can get stuck behind a larger vehicle.
This argument has made two states allow the action which are California and Arizona. The controversy over the safety of this action even has the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration questioning it. The NHTSA says some further research will have to be made to determine their exact thoughts on the matter. But even though the debate has risen, no changes have been made to the law yet anywhere else.
What is the penalty for Lane Splitting?
If a cop catches you, there is the possibility of receiving a ticket for $100 or more. You also may be held liable for any damages where an accident occurred because of your actions.
Will Lane Splitting ever be legal in Florida?
Since the safety is still in question about performing this maneuver, the short answer is it is a possibility. Florida is a very popular place for motorcyclists, the amount of accidents that are incurred on bikes is very high. Florida will definitely discuss lane splitting soon and determine whether this may help reduce the number of fatalities in motorcycle crashes. Although given the numbers, it may not seem likely for the current situation.
Because of legality, we advise all motorcyclists to avoid this maneuver. Even if you think this will increase your safety, there are various reasons this is not the case. In states like California and Arizona where this action is legal, other vehicles expect these types of maneuvers here in Florida they do not.
What should I do if I got into a motorcycle accident?
If you or a loved one were involved in a motorcycle accident, call Demesmin and Dover, your accident attorneys at 866-954-MORE (6673). We work hard to gain you the compensation you deserve. We walk you through every step of the process and ensure that you are informed.