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San Jose Lane Splitting Accident Lawyer

Assistance for Lane Splitting Accident Cases in San Jose

Lane splitting is legal in California. The act of lane splitting involves a motorcyclist driving between lanes of traffic. This can be a fast and efficient means of travel for a motorcyclist, and it can also help alleviate traffic congestion and reduce wait times for all drivers.

Unfortunately, lane splitting is not always safe for motorcyclists. They may be put at risk by inattentive and negligent motorists with whom they share the road. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident while lane splitting in California, you may be entitled to compensation.

At the Law Office of John J. Garvey, III, you can talk to a personal injury attorney about your motorcycle accident in a no-cost consultation. Simply complete our online contact form or call our office at 408-293-7777 to set up an appointment. We will review your case, help you understand your options, and make sure you will be prepared to pursue the compensation you deserve for the injuries you have suffered.

Causes of California Lane Splitting Accidents

As with most motorcycle accidents, crashes involving lane splitting commonly occur because of driver negligence. Drivers may collide with motorcyclists who are traveling near their vehicles because they fail to notice that a motorcycle is approaching. These accidents may involve issues such as:

  • Lane encroachment — A motorist may swerve into the next lane and collide with a motorcyclist. During heavy traffic, drivers may not notice everything that is happening around them. When they think traffic has opened up, allowing them to change lanes, make turns, or exit a highway, they may move quickly into these gaps without checking to make sure traffic is clear.
  • Distracted driving — Drivers may be distracted due to cell phone use, texting while driving, using a GPS, etc. This will make them less likely to see motorcycles that are traveling between lanes of traffic. A driver who does not notice a motorcycle may cut them off or force them off the road, leading to dangerous accidents.
  • Dooring — During traffic jams when cars are stopped on the road, motorcycles may be able to travel between other vehicles. However, if a driver does not pay attention to motorcyclists, they may open their door in the path of a motorcycle. This may knock a motorcyclist to the ground, causing them to suffer serious injuries.

A negligent driver can be held responsible for injuries that result in a lane splitting accident. We can help you seek maximum compensation for all accident-related costs and expenses, including medical bills, rehabilitation, and lost wages. We can also help you pursue a wrongful death claim if a family member was killed in a motorcycle accident.

Injuries that occur while lane splitting tend to be very serious. When a car swerves into the path of a motorcyclist, the motorcyclist may be thrown off the vehicle. A motorcyclist may be crushed between two vehicles when one driver fails to look before changing lanes. Talk to a lawyer if your life has changed due to a motorcycle accident.

Contact Our San Jose Lane Splitting Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Contact the Law Office of John J. Garvey, III to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can help you pursue compensation for a motorcycle accident that was caused by a negligent driver. Simply call 408-293-7777 to set up an appointment. Motorcycle accident cases are handled on a contingency basis, so if you do not collect compensation, you will not owe any legal fees.

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