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Lane Splitting Motorcycle Collision
Anyone who has been sitting in traffic on the New Jersey Turnpike has seen a motorcycle zip by them between car lanes. This action is called lane splitting. Motorcyclists often lane split during heavy traffic to pass by slow or stopped cars. While the practice of lane splitting is fairly common, it is only currently legal in one state (California). Lane splitting is actually illegal in New Jersey, though it has proven to be a safe practice that helps motorcyclists avoid rear end accidents with motor vehicles.
Motorcycles may be a fun way to travel, but they are inherently dangerous. Statistics show that motorcyclists are the motorists most at-risk for suffering injury accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are five times more likely to be involved in an injury accident, and nearly 30 times more likely to be killed in an accident. On average, nearly 3,000 motorcyclists are injured on NJ roads and highways annually. It’s become common to see an overturned motorcycle on the New Jersey Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway, or Route 206.
If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident while lane splitting, you need the help of a dedicated and tenacious NJ motorcycle accident lawyer. Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. has a long history of helping injured New Jersey motorcyclists seek the compensation they need to cover their damages and losses. Contact us today to learn how we can help you. We can be reached at (609) 240-0040.
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New Jersey Motorcycle Lane Splitting Law
Motorcycle lane splitting is illegal in New Jersey. However, there has been a lot of controversy about lane splitting in The Garden State. Traffic studies have shown that motorcycle lane splitting helps to ease traffic congestion and can lower the rate of rear end motor vehicle accidents motorcyclists are involved in.
Liability for a New Jersey Motorcycle Lane Splitting Accident
Due to the fact that motorcycle lane splitting is currently illegal in New Jersey, you will need a dedicated attorney to help you seek an injury claim. Your attorney can help you prove that despite your lane splitting action, the driver of the other vehicle was at-fault for your accident. For example, the driver of the car or truck that struck your motorcycle may be been illegally changing lanes or dangerously weaving in and out of traffic lanes.
In order to have a successful New Jersey motorcycle lane splitting accident claim, your lawyer will have to prove the following:
- The motorcyclist was riding safely, without speeding, weaving, or cutting off other vehicles
- The motorcyclist is experienced and trained (i.e., not a "new" motorcyclist, someone who has successfully completed a motorcycle safety training course)
- The motor vehicle driver was acting in a dangerous or negligent manner (such as weaving illegally changing lanes, or changing lanes without signaling)
Can a New Jersey Motorcyclist Receive Compensation for a Lane Splitting Accident?
The short answer is: yes! Even though motorcycle lane splitting is illegal in the State, this does not prohibit motorcyclists injured while lane splitting from seeking financial compensation in a lawsuit. To do so, you’ll need a knowledgeable New Jersey motorcycle accident attorney who can help you prove that the other driver’s negligence caused your injury accident. Motorcyclists may seek compensation for injuries suffered while lane splitting if their accident was caused by any of the following:
- The actions of another driver
- Road or highway defects (such as cracked roads)
Compensation for Damages Suffered in a Motorcycle Lane Splitting Accident
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident while lane splitting, you may seek compensation for the following:
- Current and future medical bills
- Cost of physical therapy
- Lost wages from missing work
- Loss of joy of life
In the unfortunate event of losing a loved one in a motorcycle lane splitting accident, your family may be able to pursue compensation for the following:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering of the deceased before they died
- Loss of future income
- Loss of future benefits (such as medical benefits and retirement)
- Loss of love, affection, companionship, etc.
- Loss of household duties the deceased performed (such as childcare, chores, etc.)
A Dedicated New Jersey Motorcycle Lane Splitting Accident Lawyer Can Help
Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. is available to help New Jersey motorcycle accident victims through the difficult and painful time in their lives. Let us be there for you and your family. Contact us today at (609) 240-0040.
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