Most have seen the video that went viral with the numerous motorcycle riders performing street justice on a Range Rover SUV driver that ran over their friends stemming from a brake check/ lane sharing starting point. Lane sharing, white-lining, and lane splitting can be seen in almost every other second in the video.
“Will it hurt people here?” is the question Chuck Abney, with Law Tigers – Motorcycle Lawyers, said Law Tigers is hearing right now. Law Tigers was in San Diego County - East County recently at a car show.
Lane splitting in California is legal. It’s the process where motorcycles can drive between cars, split a lane with another motorcycle, or, in general called lane sharing.
General guidelines are to not travel faster than 10 mph than other traffic, not lane split when traffic is travelling 30 mph or faster, and to be aware of what types of vehicles are around you.
Abney cited “The police can ensure movement” by allowing lane sharing among motorcycle riders and cars during peak commute times.
Motorcycle riders can generally be assured of a quicker commute home than those in cars just by being allowed to weave in and out of the highway-is-a-parking lot scenarios.
Lane sharing in New York is currently not legal. While other states are mulling over allowing lane sharing California is the only place that it is legal. In many other countries white-lining, as is witnessed by myriads of photos of cars and motorcycles sharing every inch of a road, is legal.
What remains to be seen is how many more calls Law Tigers, who bill themselves as motorcycle lawyers, will receive relating to the New York situation.
Guidelines for lane sharing were released by the California Highway Patrol in February 2013. Visit: www.chp.ca.gov to view the specifics of the guidelines.
In the meantime if you have questions for the Law Tigers contact them at: www.lawtigers.com and have them field your questions.
Next time you see someone white-lining know it’s legal in California.