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What Are the Leading Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?

Motorcycle accidents are much more likely to result in serious injury or death compared to car accidents. This is due to the relative lack of protection afforded to motorcyclists. While protective gear can help, motorcyclists still risk serious injury when on the road. Here is a brief list of the most common causes of motorcycle crashes and how to make sure you don’t end up in one. The left turn accident. These accidents account for 42 percent of all accidents involving a motorcycle and a car. Left turn accidents occur when a motorcyclist is going through an intersection, passing a car or trying to overtake the car and is struck by a car. While these accidents occur for cars as well, motorcyclists are at higher risk because they are harder to see. To avoid these accidents, always use caution when crossing intersections and don’t rely on other people using their…
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Could Lane Splitting Be Spreading?

Back in school, teachers taught you a lesson that has probably stuck with you your entire life—don’t cut in line. You’ve used this rule in such places as the bank, your local fast food joint, and while driving in traffic. But what if not cutting in line actually put someone’s life at risk? This is the question many lawmakers have struggled with while considering the legalization of lane splitting, and now that California has legalized the maneuver, it could spread. Could Spreading Lane Splitting Help Improve Motorcycle Safety? In Olympia, Washington, SB 5378 was brought to state legislators as a solution to traffic congestion and motorcycle safety concerns. It would have allowed motorcyclists to filter in between lanes on state highways, and it also had an expiration date of July 31, 2019. However, the bill faces stiff opposition from law enforcement, who believe the practice unsafe. That’s not how motorcyclists…
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Has Another State Legalized Lane Splitting?

On January 1st, lane splitting in California became legal. It was a victory for motorcycle advocates all over the country, especially since they hoped that more states would follow California’s example. It has been almost three months since this historic occasion passed, but have any other states legalized lane splitting? Will Legalized Lane Splitting Spread Across the US? As state lawmakers all across the country head back to session and start debating new laws for their corner of our great nation, your motorcycling attorneys have made some interesting discoveries. Did you know that Oregon, Montana and Washington have all submitted lane splitting bills? While there is no word on the progress of bills in Oregon and Montana, the Washington bill seems to be gaining traction. That bill managed to pass the Washington State Senate with only a little tweak by the bill’s sponsor, Senator Tim Sheldon. Sen. Sheldon removed a…
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