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Lane Splitting and Motorcycle Accident Liability

Lane Splitting and Motorcycle Accident Liability

According to North Carolina law, two motorcycles are allowed to share a lane, but the legality of lane splitting is much more subjective. As of now, it is not strictly speaking illegal, but it all depends on how the officer in your case interprets the law. Splitting the lane can be a risky maneuver for the motorcyclist, and if an accident occurs, they are likely to be considered at fault for the crash.

The fact that you were splitting lanes might be enough to convince an insurance adjuster that you contributed significantly to the collision. Thus you might lose out on the compensation you deserve. That being said, you may have ways to prove that the other driver involved is at least partially at fault, if not entirely liable.

For one thing, you may be able to assert that you were driving responsibly. With the help of the police report and witness testimonies, you may be able to establish that you were neither speeding nor recklessly swerving around cars. You can prove if you have a lot of experience on a motorcycle, and if you can prove that you have taken motorcycle and safety courses, then your chances of being assigned liability may decrease.

You may further be able to prove that the other driver was much more to blame, if not entirely so. This can look something like proving you were rear-ended, that the driver switched lanes without looking and/or signaling, or that the driver simply lost control and veered partially into the other lane.

If you have been in a motorcycle accident, then you are likely faced with an intimidating pile of medical bills, and you may further be missing time from work. With the help of a Raleigh personal injury lawyer, you may be able to win the compensation that you deserve for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Do not pay for someone else’s negligence. Contact the Whitley Law Firm today!