Many motorists are confused about the difference between lane splitting and lane sharing. This is likely due to the fact that the terms are frequently used interchangeably, even though they are completely different behaviors. Lane splitting most frequently occurs during traffic jams, when a motorcycle rider travels between two lanes of stopped or slowly moving cars. Lane sharing, on the other hand, is when two motorcyclists ride closely together in the same lane. Lane sharing is perfectly legal in Alaska, but lane splitting is not.
Lane Splitting Is Prohibited in Alaska
Lane splitting is considered so dangerous in Alaska that it has been made illegal throughout the state. Lane splitting doesn’t allow for adequate space between a motorcycle and cars, and most drivers aren’t expecting another vehicle to pass them while they’re sitting in stalled traffic.
Accident Liability When Splitting Lanes
If you’ve been involved in an accident while lane splitting, you’re likely to have a difficult time convincing a court that the collision was the car driver’s fault. Since lane splitting is illegal in Alaska, you’ll have a tough burden to overcome. Due to the state’s pure comparative negligence law, an injured motorcyclist must demonstrate that the car driver was at least partially responsible for the accident. For instance, if the driver of the car was distracted or driving aggressively, he may be partly to blame. The motorcyclist must show that splitting lanes was necessary under the circumstances, and that he was riding in a safe and responsible manner.
You Need an Attorney
If you’ve been injured while lane splitting, fighting for the compensation you deserve may be an uphill battle. Since lane splitting is illegal in Alaska and many people consider it to be inherently dangerous, you’ll need to present strong evidence that you were behaving responsibly and that the driver of the other vehicle was not. To learn more, contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden, P.C., by clicking the Live Chat button on this page.