What Is Motorcycle Lane Splitting?

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    What Is Motorcycle Lane Splitting?
    June 20 2022

    Motorcycle lane splitting is when a motorcycle is ridden between rows of stopped or moving vehicles in the same lane. While many of us have witnessed motorcycle lane splitting while driving in Las Vegas, it is illegal in Nevada. Here, we will discuss motorcycle lane splitting legislation.

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    What Is Motorcycle Lane Splitting?

    As discussed above, motorcycle lane splitting is when a motorcycle is ridden between rows of stopped or moving vehicles in the same lane. It is different from lane filtering and lane sharing. Lane filtering is when a motorcycle weaves around traffic that is slow-moving or stopped. Lane sharing occurs when two motorcycles share the same lane, either next to each other or slightly staggered.

    If you ride a motorcycle in Las Vegas, do not lane split. If you are a driver in Las Vegas and see a motorcycle, give the motorcyclist space.

    Is Motorcycle Lane Splitting Legal?

    We have all seen a motorcycle cruise down the middle of traffic at some point while driving. Just because a motorcyclist does something, doesn’t necessarily mean that it is legal. Across the United States, lane splitting is only legal in a handful of states. Legislation in some of the states is discussed below.

    Lane Splitting in California

    One survey of motorcyclists in California found that a majority of the motorcyclists admitted to lane splitting at least some of the time while on the freeway. It’s okay that the motorcyclists admitted to lane splitting in California because motorcycle lane splitting appears to be legal in California.

    In California, lane splitting is defined as the following:

    • Driving a motorcycle that has two wheels in contact with the ground, between rows of stopped or moving vehicles in the same lane, including on both divided and undivided streets, roads, or highways.

    Lane Splitting in Connecticut

    Connecticut is one of a handful of states considering lane splitting legislation. Senate Bill 629 was proposed in January 2019. Its purpose is to “permit the operator of a motorcycle to operate between lanes of traffic as is permitted in other states and countries and thereby ease traffic congestion.”

    Lane Splitting in Hawaii

    In Hawaii, lane splitting is not legal. However, Hawaii has legalized “shoulder surfing.” Hawaii’s House Bill 2589 allows drivers of two-wheeled motorcycles to maneuver their vehicles onto a shoulder at 10 miles per hour or less when traffic is slowed to a stop. The Department of Transportation must designate the shoulders where this is allowed. Hawaii has also considered motorcycle lane filtering.

    Lane Splitting in Oregon

    Last year Oregon lawmakers passed a bill that would allow motorcyclists to drive between slow or stopped traffic moving at 10 miles per hour or slower. However, Governor Kate Brown vetoed the measure, citing public safety concerns.

    Lane Splitting in Utah

    In 2019, Utah legalized its version of lane-filtering. In Utah, a motorcyclist can only lane filter when:

    • the individual is on a roadway divided into two or more adjacent traffic lanes in the same direction of travel;
    • the individual is on a roadway with a speed limit of 45 miles per hour or less;
    • the vehicle being overtaken in the same lane is stopped;
    • the motorcycle is traveling at a speed of 15 miles per hour or less;
    • and the movement may be made safely.

    We hope you stay safe no matter where you ride. We also understand that even the most cautious motorcyclist can be injured in an accident. If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury after being injured in a motorcycle accident, seek a personal injury lawyer with traumatic brain injury experience. The legal team at Anthem Injury Lawyers is experienced in dealing with traumatic brain injuries. Contact us at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    Lane Splitting Safety Tips for Motorcyclists

    If you ride a motorcycle, we want you to be safe no matter where the road takes you. If you are in a state where lane splitting is legal, please proceed with extreme caution. Lane splitting can be dangerous for motorcyclists and drivers. If you do decide to lane split, review the following lane splitting safety tips for motorcyclists from the California Highway Patrol:

    • Consider the total environment when you are lane splitting. This includes the width of lanes, the size of surrounding vehicles, as well as current roadway, weather, and lighting conditions.
    • Danger increases at higher speed differentials.
    • Danger increases as overall speed increases.
    • It is typically safer to split between the far-left lanes than between the other lanes of traffic.
    • Avoid lane splitting next to large vehicles (big rigs, buses, motorhomes, etc.).
    • Riding on the shoulder is not considered lane splitting.
    • Be visible. Avoid remaining in the blind spots of other vehicles or lingering between vehicles.
    • Help drivers see you by wearing brightly colored/reflective protective gear and using high beams during daylight.


    We hope the above discussion helps you better understand motorcycle lane splitting. If you are injured in a Las Vegas area motorcycle accident, you should speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Some people wonder why they need a personal injury lawyer to help them. A personal injury lawyer will work aggressively to protect your rights and help you receive maximum compensation for your injuries.

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    Published by Puneet K. Garg

    Attorney Puneet K. Garg is one of the founding partners of Anthem Injury Law. He has vast experience serving various clients with their different needs. Puneet’s representation of clients has included serving as counsel to Fortune 500 companies, large and small healthcare providers, celebrities, large and small businesses, personal injury victims and individuals needing help with their everyday needs. He has represented clients from all over the world in both state and federal court in Nevada.

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