How Dangerous is Lane Splitting?

When you take to the road on your motorcycle in Tennessee, you may find yourself on a congested highway. Lane splitting, which is when someone drives their motorcycle between the designated lanes of traffic, may seem like a dangerous practice. In reality, doing so may actually be safer in certain situations.

According to Ultimate Motorcycling, many accidents involving motorcycles result from the inattentiveness of other drivers on the road. When traffic is heavy and you ride in the same lanes as the other vehicles, you have a greater chance of being rear-ended. Splitting the lanes reduces the chance of a rear-end collision occurring since there are no vehicles directly in front of or behind you. It also has the added benefit of lessening traffic. Cars and trucks would be able to move more freely if you and other motorcyclists were to take yourselves out of the gridlock.

It was found that the practice of splitting lanes is safest if you do not travel more than 15 miles per hour faster than the other vehicles on the road. It also generally works best when traffic is traveling at under 50 miles per hour. In addition, it also appears that lane splitting reduces your chances of being injured on your motorcycle. Specifically, fatal injuries are less likely to occur, as are injuries to the torso and head.

While the practice has been widely accepted in many parts of the world, the United States has been slow to accept it as a legal practice. When done responsibly, splitting lanes in heavy traffic can be a wise safety move. This is provided as general information on this topic and should not be considered legal advice.


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