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California Dreamin’ – Lane Splitting Legalities Between Our States

By The Husband and Wife Law Team on May 6, 2016

Arizona shares almost half its western border with California. Many roads, highways, and rural routes crisscross between the two states. Countless commuters, visitors, and everyday motorists make their way to and from California on a daily basis. Like so many border regions, where one state ends and another one begins can be foggy. But when it comes to traffic laws—specifically, those governing motorcycle operators—the division couldn’t get any clearer.

This is especially true when it comes to the Golden State’s practice of “lane splitting.” Anyone who rides their motorcycle into or out of California is probably well aware of this behavior. For those who do not know, lane splitting is the action of motorcycle riders cutting in between cars in congested traffic—often with only inches to spare on either side. Motorcyclists quite literally split the lane by riding down the centerline of traffic, thereby bypassing the gridlock. Presently, California is the only state in the United States where lane splitting is legal.

Arizona, on the other hand, is very clear about lane splitting. As detailed in Arizona Revised Statutes 28 – 903: “The operator of a motorcycle shall not overtake and pass in the same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken.” While there have been a number of attempts to adopt lane splitting in Arizona, much the same way California has, this ideas has yet to gain any traction in the state legislature. So if you are a motorcycle enthusiast that enjoys splitting lanes while in California, be sure to keep our state borders in mind—or you could end up paying the price.

If You’re a Lane-Splitting Victim, Talk to Us

If you’ve been injured in an accident that involved lane splitting, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

If you hope to have a viable personal injury claim from a lane-splitting accident, you’re going to need the representation of an aggressive and experienced legal team. Arizona’s Breyer Law Offices, P.C., has been successfully representing motorcycle accident victims for over 25 years. Call us today for a free case evaluation at (602) 457-6222.


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