Is Lane-Splitting Legal For Georgia Motorcyclists?
Motorcycle riders who encounter congested roads are often tempted to ride between the lanes of traffic, a practice commonly referred to as lane-splitting. While advocates of this practice argue that lane-splitting saves time and money, riders should be aware that it is still illegal in the state of Georgia. Whether or not a motorcyclist engaged in lane-splitting, or a similar activity, can have significant repercussions for the success or failure of an eventual claim for damages.
What Qualifies as Lane-Splitting?
Lane-splitting is a term used to describe the practice of riding between clearly marked lanes of traffic that is traveling in the same direction. Because of their small size, lane-splitting is really only an option for motorcycle riders. Doing so is, however, unlawful in Georgia. A similar practice, known as lane-filtering, in which a rider slowly moves up a line of stopped vehicles to the front, usually at a traffic light-controlled intersection, is also prohibited under Georgia law. While the terms for lane-splitting and lane-filtering are often used interchangeably, they actually describe two very different practices, both of which can be dangerous for motorcyclists.
Other Motorcycle-Related Laws in Georgia
The rules regarding lane-splitting and lane-filtering aren’t the only ones that motorcyclists in Georgia most obey. Other important laws that riders should keep in mind include the following:
- Motorcycles, like other motorists, are entitled to the entire width of a lane, unless two motorcyclists are riding side by side;
- Motorcyclists must have liability insurance coverage of at least $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident in bodily injury coverage and $25,000 in property damage coverage;
- Riders must always have their headlights and taillights engaged;
- All riders must wear helmets; and
- All motorcyclists must either use a windshield or wear goggles or a face shield on their helmets.
A motorcyclist’s decision to violate one or more of these laws could have significant bearing on the outcome of a personal injury claim following an accident with another vehicle.
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Our dedicated Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyers can help you pursue financial recovery following your crash by:
- Thoroughly investigating your case;
- Collecting important evidence about the accident;
- Documenting your injuries and losses;
- Explaining your legal rights and options;
- Filing your claim with the insurance company;
- Negotiating with insurers on your behalf and attempting to reach an out-of-court settlement; and
- Filing a lawsuit to take your case to court.
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