Attorney Jason Holladay

Is lane splitting legal in Texas

On Behalf of | Dec 20, 2022 | Motorcycle Accidents, Personal Injury, Safety Tips

Is lane splitting legal in Texas?

Many people will be involved in a traffic accident within their lifetime. From a small fender bender to a multiple-vehicle pileup, car accidents can become complicated regardless of the circumstances.

Motorcycle crashes can be particularly serious, and one of the most dangerous behaviors on the road is called “lane splitting.” This can result in serious and even deadly accidents for all involved, including the motorcyclist and other drivers.

If you have been in an accident in Texas, the experienced personal injury lawyer at Holladay Law Firm can help to explain your options and fight for maximum compensation.

What is Lane Splitting?

Although you may not be familiar with the term “lane splitting,” there is a good chance that you have seen this in action when you are driving on a highway or road with multiple lanes. Lane splitting refers to when a motorcycle or motorbike driver rides between two lanes of traffic that is moving at a slower pace than they are. This way, the motorcycle is able to pass slower traffic by driving between cars that are in their lanes.

While many motorcycle riders argue that this behavior helps to keep traffic moving, some drivers might protest that this behavior is incredibly risky and can result in unnecessary accidents when drivers are not expecting someone to pass them in this way.

The Lane Splitting Legality in Texas

Technically, lane splitting is not legal in the state of Texas. That said, the reason lane splitting is illegal is that the law does not explicitly state that it is legal. The Texas Department of Transportation outlines that drivers are required to stay within their specific lane of traffic, but does not specifically address lane splitting. While motorcycle riders often advocate for lane splitting to be legal, currently, the law does not address this.

Dangers of Lane Splitting

There are significant dangers of lane splitting, and some would argue that this behavior could be considered reckless driving. Some of these dangers include:

  • Lane changes – Motorcycles and motorbikes are smaller than most other vehicles on the road. When they pass other vehicles at a close distance and change lanes quickly, without indication, this can result in unexpected collisions.
  • Unpredictable movement – Sudden lane changes and movement can result in accidents when drivers aren’t expecting another vehicle to pass inside the same lane.
  • Lack of space – While motorcycle drivers might assume they have enough space to pass another slower-moving vehicle by driving around them, this is not always the case. One small misjudgment can result in a serious accident and unfortunate injuries for everyone involved.

Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Texas Without Delay

For those who have experienced injuries in the event of a car accident, it is recommended to speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. In the event of an accident – learn your rights and contact the Holladay Law Firm to speak with a skilled personal injury lawyer. We are dedicated to fighting for your rights and offer a free consultation to discuss your situation. Don’t delay – call us today.