Motorcyclists usually understand the importance of safety as they’re out for a ride. Bikers, as a rule, are highly attentive to traffic laws and proper protocol – because that offers them the most protection from danger.
It’s critical that anyone who ventures out on a motorcycle understands the rules around “lane splitting,” particularly here in Colorado.
Lane splitting is unsafe and illegal
Lane splitting, which involves a motorcyclist sharing one lane with another vehicle while passing that vehicle, is illegal in Colorado. This is a very unsafe practice that can lead to dangerous accidents. Motorcyclists should only pass other vehicles when they can do so safely. In turn, other drivers should give motorcyclists ample room to maneuver the motorcycle.
It should be noted, however, that motorcyclists are permitted to “co-ride” or share lanes with each other. That’s not considered lane splitting.
One of the biggest dangers to motorcyclists occurs when drivers don’t respect the motorcyclist’s right of way – which is often what prompts action like lane splitting. Drivers in larger vehicles need to be aware of the motorcycles on the road, and give them plenty of space, particularly when the biker needs to pass.
Injuries happen when drivers won’t share the road
Unfortunately, there are a lot of drivers who don’t want to share the road equally with motorcyclists. That can prompt unsafe behavior and aggressive driving that can lead to a devastating accident for the motorcyclist in question.
If you’re a motorcyclist who was struck by another vehicle, you may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries and losses.