Posted 09 May 2012 - 02:50 PM
Posted 09 May 2012 - 03:55 PM
In my cage, I'm occasionally startled, but I have never yanked the steering wheel and almost crashed into the next lane as I see some do.
Posted 09 May 2012 - 04:00 PM
Posted 09 May 2012 - 04:07 PM
And yes, I've encountered stupid cage drivers who try to block lane splitting motorcyclist maybe because they feel envious they are stuck in dead stop traffic and cannot move forward like us bikers.
The bad thing is, I have read through the years that most CA LEOs (I think it was mostly City Biker columns) will place most responsibility for any lane splitting related accidents on the motorcyclist even though there could be evidence that a cage driver caused it either by inattention or malice. So it's not like the law over here really supports lane splitting, but I guess it has been legal here for so long that the LEOs and state politicians are afraid of the consequent protests from the motorcycle community if they try to make it illegal to lane split.
Posted 09 May 2012 - 04:22 PM
Posted 09 May 2012 - 04:28 PM
There's is a law in all cases that says a person that has the right of way can not take the right of way knowing that there will be contact if it can be avoided.
I asked about lane splitting while in my MRE class. According to the instructor, while lane splitting is not illegal (and he was making the distinction between "not illegal" and "legal"), there are laws that would seem to be against it. The only one I recall right now is something about control or right to your lane, which belongs to the cage. Therefore, as it was explained to me, the rider assumes all responsibility.
Posted 09 May 2012 - 04:52 PM
*The above does not apply. sorry Monk, helps if I read all of your words before I reply.
I think your statement depends on if the driver admits he knew you were there. It seems like they would fall back on the typical "He came out of nowhere. . . " When the information is presented like that, it seems like the rider would be liable. It is my understanding that although are able to split lanes, that doesn't mean we have the right. As long as we watch out for the idiots, we should be alright.
Edited by mk2davis, 09 May 2012 - 05:06 PM.
Posted 09 May 2012 - 05:17 PM
Can motorcycle riders "split" lanes and ride between other vehicles?
Lane splitting by motorcycles is permissible but must be done in a safe and
I'm always safe and prudent
Posted 09 May 2012 - 05:43 PM
Posted 09 May 2012 - 07:12 PM
So you can, but if something happens then you shouldn't have.