Can I Sue if I’m Hurt by Another Driver While Splitting Lanes on a Motorcycle?
Perhaps you’ve been injured by another motorist while on your motorcycle but aren’t sure whether you can take legal action against the person who hurt you. Maybe you were lane splitting when you were hurt and are worried that this will prevent you from filing a successful personal injury claim.
However, you should not disqualify yourself just yet, and do not miss out on the chance to hold a negligent driver accountable for lack of proper understanding of the legality of lane splitting.
Is Lane Splitting Legal in Texas?
In the state of Texas, lane splitting is not explicitly legal or illegal. There is no language in Texas traffic laws that recognizes lane splitting, which means that you cannot be punished for doing so. This also means you are not automatically disqualified from pursuing a personal injury claim against a driver who hurt you just because you were lane-splitting at the time of the accident.
What Can I Do if Another Driver Hits Me While Lane Splitting?
Lane splitting does create a scenario in which accidents are more likely, but motorists still bear the burden of behaving responsibly and remaining aware of other drivers at all times.
Whether or not you were splitting lanes at the time of the accident, the other driver may be liable for your injuries if you got hurt because they chose to engage in any of the following irresponsible behaviors:
- Texting while driving
- Talking on the phone while driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Weaving in and out of different lanes
- Eating while driving
- Applying makeup while driving
- Changing lanes without checking mirrors and blind spots or using a turn signal
On the other hand, you may have trouble holding the other driving responsible if any of the following are true:
- You were speeding.
- You were riding while affected in any way by drugs or alcohol.
- You were riding with your headlights turned off.
- You did not wait for an appropriately-sized gap to ride between two cars.
If you are still unsure whether you have a personal injury claim on your hands, our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers are prepared to evaluate your case and help you get the answers you need.
Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Serving Riders in Dallas
As a motorcyclist, the odds are not in your favor—but our team at MR Civil Justice understands the law and knows how to protect your rights. We have handled many motorcycle accident cases and are well-aware of the challenges riders face when seeking to hold another motorist responsible for their injuries and damages. Our Dallas motorcycle accident attorneys are prepared to help you make a strong case and work toward your best outcome.
Get started today. Call (214) 307-8387 or contact us to book your free consultation.
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