Greenwich Lane Splitting Accident Attorney

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Motorcycles are even more dangerous than traveling in a car. In 2015, almost 5,000 people died in motorcycle crashes in the United States alone, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. One of the ways a motorcyclist can easily get into an accident is called lane splitting. This type of driving involves navigating between slow-moving or stopped cars, usually in times of heavy traffic.

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Liability in Lane Splitting

Many motorcyclists practice lane splitting, particularly in grueling bumper-to-bumper traffic. However, certain states explicitly prohibit the practice, including Colorado, New York, and Nebraska. California also recently signed a bill into law that defined lane splitting without indicating whether or not it was legal.

In New York City, the New York City Police Department (NYPD) even makes efforts to crack down on illegal lane splitting practices by shutting down the Long Island Expressway eastbound during rush hour on a Friday to entrap bikers.

However, lane sharing, or riding two abreast, is not explicitly illegal in the state of New York. State law only indicates bikers are entitled to the full use of a lane. If a car encroaches upon your space, you wouldn’t be liable for any accident that may occur.

In the event you do sustain an injury while lane splitting, you may be held partially, if not entirely, responsible for your own injuries and may not receive compensation for damages even if the driver who struck you wasn’t paying attention to the road around them.

An Experienced Attorney Can Help

If you were injured in a lane splitting accident, you need an experienced Greenwich lane-splitting accident attorney who isn’t afraid to stand up for you. Our firm, Ivey Barnum & O’Mara, LLC, has more than 30 years of legal experience to offer your case. We are also led by renowned attorney John Q. Kelly. Attorney Kelly is a leader in the field of serious and catastrophic personal injury, and he has been battle-tested in many difficult, complex, and serious cases. Let us see what we can do for you in negotiations or at trial.

Contact us at (203) 718-4002 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation today. We look forward to working with you.