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Motorcycle Lane Splitting in NYC: Laws and Legal Assistance

Lane splitting on a motorcycle occurs when the operator drives between two lanes of traffic traveling in the same direction. Also known as filtering or white-lining, lane splitting allows motorcyclists to overtake other vehicles in traffic, specifically during high congestion. Many argue that this practice makes the roads safer for motorcyclists, while others think it introduces preventable hazards. Regardless, laws and terminology about lane splitting can lead to confusion. Gain valuable knowledge about these laws and terminology in the paragraphs below.

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What Are Lane Splitting Laws in New York?

New York has specific laws about lane splitting. According to Section 1252 of the Vehicle and Traffic (VAT) law, lane splitting on a motorcycle is prohibited in every form. Motorcyclists cannot pass more than one vehicle in a lane or ride between lanes. However, lane sharing, which can be confused with lane splitting, is allowed under this law. This allows motorcyclists to ride in pairs next to each other within a single lane.

Are There Any Benefits to Lane Splitting on a Motorcycle?

Many organizations and even state governments have found that lane splitting reduces congestion and is safer for riders than sitting behind stopped vehicles. Those in favor say it helps avoid motorcycle accidents by preventing motorcyclists from being rear-ended in stop-and-go traffic.

How Can the Team at Leav & Steinberg LLP Help Me?

Whether you’re for or against lane splitting, that doesn’t change that New York has a no-fault system. Meaning that if you suffer an injury in an accident, you can file insurance claims for reimbursement, which may include rewards for medical care, lost income, and other financial issues. A New York car accident lawyer can help handle your claims and represent you in court, if necessary. To learn more about the complicated laws behind motorcycle lane splitting, contact Leav & Steinberg LLP today at 212-766-5222.