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Who is at Fault in an Arizona Lane Splitting Accident?

Posted on June 30, 2022 in

The practice of lane splitting is when a motorcyclist will use the space between lanes of traffic to move through the cars. This effectively opens a new lane for the motorcyclists, one in which they will not be trapped between cars and potentially rear-ended. While lane splitting may make travel more efficient for motorcyclists, and sometimes even safer, it does also entail a certain level of risk. 

Lane splitting can lead to motorcycle crashes that can cause significant injury or even death. Accidents involving motorcyclists often lead to serious injury for the motorcyclist given the lack of a metal chassis, seatbelts, and airbags to protect them like in a car. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident that was caused by someone or something else, you could be entitled to compensation for the costs and damages associated with your injuries. 

Determining who is at fault in your accident will have a strong impact on whether or not you can collect compensation for your damages. The best way to ensure that the law is accurately applied to the unique facts and circumstances of your accident is by working with a Phoenix motorcycle accident lawyer from Stone Rose Law. 

Violators of Traffic Laws are Liable for Accidents 

If you have been in an accident on your motorcycle, or with a motorcyclist, while lane splitting was occurring, the driver who was at fault will be liable for the associated damages. When it comes to lane splitting on a motorcycle in Arizona, there are some factors to take into account. 

Lane splitting under Arizona Law SB1273 on a motorcycle is legal when: 

  • There are at least two lanes travelling in the same direction 
  • The speed limit of the area does not exceed 45 miles per hour 
  • The motorcyclist is not travelling at a speed greater than 15 miles per hour 

Whether or not these factors were in place will determine how fault is assigned in the accident, and who will be liable to pay for the associated damages. Determining fault requires the application of the legal concept known as “negligence” to the unique facts and circumstances of your case. The outcomes of similar cases in the past are also taken into account. The best way to ensure that you make the most of your case is by working with an experienced Phoenix motorcycle accident lawyer. 

Connect with a Local Phoenix Motorcycle Accident Lawyer 

The sooner you have a motor vehicle accident attorney in Phoenix on your side, the sooner you can rest-assured that the full amount of compensation you are entitled to will be recovered. Your initial consultation is risk-free and cost-free, and if we take your case, you pay nothing out of pocket. We only get paid if we win on your case, out of a portion of the earnings that we’ll agree upon before getting started. You pay nothing up-front, and nothing out-of-pocket, ever. 

To learn about your options and how we can help, schedule a consultation with us or call (480) 498-8998.