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Is Lane-Splitting Legal For Georgia Motorcyclists?

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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.

To learn more about how we can help with your case, reach out to our legal team today.

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At Shiver Hamilton Campbell, our dedicated Savannah motorcycle accident lawyers are well-versed in the difficulties faced by motorcyclists when attempting to recover compensation after a crash. To discuss your case, call us at 404-593-0020 or reach out to us online. A member of our legal team is standing by to help you through each phase of your case.

Sources:

ga.elaws.us/law/section40-6-312

rideapart.com/features/315449/lane-splitting-filtering-difference-explanation/

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