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Motorcycle Lane Splitting - Why it's Illegal and Dangerous

Helmet - or not… The choice is yours. It’s the feel of the wind and the pavement passing beneath you. A craving for the fresh air, the adrenaline, and the speed.

So, that’s where lane splitting comes into play. It kicks it up a notch.

But while dodging between cars can be fun, and it’s something that many motorcycle riders like you may want to do, it is important to know that it IS against the law and can be extremely dangerous. According to Florida mandates, “no person shall operate a motorcycle between lanes of traffic or between adjacent lines or rows of vehicles,” which makes lane splitting illegal through every county in the state.

According to recent findings by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle crash fatalities are on the rise in Florida. This could be due to the spike in recent motorcycle registrations, but no matter what, more people are riding on two wheels than ever before.

Throughout the country, motorcycle fatalities have more than doubled over the past decade. With the number of motorcycles registered here, combined with out-of-state motorcycles and their riders temporarily visiting in the state, Florida leads the nation in motorcycle crash fatalities.

After any type of motorcycle accident, it's extremely important to know what mistakes to avoid so you can receive a fair and proper settlement. If you’ve been in a motorcycle collision, working with a skilled and experienced personal injury attorney can be your best move to get the justice you rightfully deserve. After your accident, contact St. Petersburg, Florida, accident attorney J. Stanford Morse, P.A. Visit, or call 727-347-7737 for more information.

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