Bethlehem Motorcycle Accident Attorney
For 30 years, the team of personal injury attorneys at Drake, Hileman & Davis has been representing significantly injured motorcycle riders in Bethlehem and throughout the entire Lehigh Valley. We can help answer the questions you have. Our Firm is equipped to walk step-by-step with you through your claim and, if the insurance company is giving you a hard time, your Bethlehem motorcycle accident attorney is prepared to deal with them too. All of the personal injury lawyers at Drake, Hileman & Davis have taken cases to jury verdict, and won. There are so many unanswered questions. Maybe you don’t even know what questions to ask. What do you do? Neither of you can work. How will you pay the bills? You have kids that are off from school for the summer. What happens to them? What happens when school starts up again? How long will our recovery be? How long will we be out of work? Who will pay for all the medical bills? Why didn’t that driver see us?
Our Bethlehem Motorcycle Accident Attorney Outlines the Dangers of Lane Splitting
According to section 3523 of the Pennsylvania Code, motorcyclists are allowed to share their lane, but that right is quite limited. More specifically, motorcyclists may not share the lane with any vehicle except for another motorcycle. Two motorcycles may ride side-by-side with one another in the same lane — no more. Further, a motorcycle may not overtake and pass another vehicle in the same lane. The motorcyclist must first shift lanes, even when attempting to overtake and pass another motorcycle.
Lane Splitting is Not Lane Sharing
It’s important to note that lane sharing is not the same as lane splitting. Where lane sharing involves a motorcyclist riding side-by-side within the same lane, lane splitting involves a motorcyclist operating in the space between two lanes. Pennsylvania law prohibits lane splitting.
Liability Issues Related to Lane Sharing
Lane sharing liability may seem obvious when an applicable law is broken, but it’s worth noting that the defendant may attempt to avoid liability by arguing that their negligent violation of the law did not actually “cause” your injuries. If the circumstances show that the accident would have occurred regardless of the defendant’s misconduct, then they might be able to avoid liability.
It should also be noted, however, that you can impose liability on a defendant even when they have abided by lane sharing laws. For example, Pennsylvania law allows for two motorcycles to ride side-by-side in the same lane. All operators must be cognizant of their surroundings and whether such behavior is safe given the circumstances. If weather, traffic, roadway, or other conditions have made it unsafe to operate two motorcycles side-by-side, then doing so will constitute negligence, and could give you a right of action against the defendant.
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If you have questions that need answers right away, we are available 24 hours per day. Just call us at 610-433-3910, and ask to speak with a top Bethlehem motorcycle accident attorney. After the initial call, we can meet at any one of our office locations. If it is easier for you, we are happy to meet you at your home.