If you drive a motorcycle in an area prone to high volume traffic, the temptation to simply slip your way past all the stopped cars can be strong. After all, you got that motorcycle to make it roar down the freeway, not to balance on your toes in rush hour.
This is called lane splitting, and it’s important to understand the laws around it in your state. To clarify the rules of the road for motorcyclists, The Law Office of Zayed Al-Sayyed has prepared the following breakdown to answer the popular question, “is it legal to lane split in Arizona?”
Lane splitting is the act of driving your motorcycle between lanes of traffic to avoid traffic. The space between lanes of traffic is commonly referred to as the ‘channel.’ While there are some who believe lane splitting is a safe and efficient practice for motorcyclists, the risks should make you think twice.
In addition to the possibility of cars changing lanes or opening doors, you might not have enough space or time to avoid any obstacles that may be in the channel. This can prove to be dangerous both for you and any motorists in the lanes around you.
As of 2020, it is illegal to lane split in Arizona. Not only that, but it is unlawful to try to get around a car in front of you by passing it while still in the same lane. Driving a motorcycle already puts you in an extremely vulnerable position. Lane splitting or trying to get around a car while in the same lane only amplifies that vulnerability.
If you are pulled over for lane splitting in Arizona, you can face tickets and hefty fines. If an accident is caused as a direct result of lane splitting, you put yourself at risk for being held liable for damages and injuries to other motorists and their vehicles.
Though it is unequivocally illegal to lane split in Arizona in order to bypass traffic, there are a few exceptions where the act is permitted. If you are a law enforcement official on a motorcycle and have to lane split in order to carry out your duty, then it is allowed.
Lane splitting is also considered acceptable if it is used as a maneuver to avoid debris in the road or to avoid an impending accident. One advantage of driving a motorcycle is its high level of maneuverability. If you avoid harm to yourself or someone else by lane splitting, you won’t be faced with legal action.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident or recently received a ticket for lane splitting, you should consult with a skilled Phoenix motorcycle accident attorney.
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