Lane splitting occurs when a motorcyclist rides between two lanes of traffic or two rows of vehicles. Bikers often engage in lane splitting when traffic is at a standstill or moving slowly. Technically, this is known as lane filtering. Lane splitting reduces traffic congestion, helps riders stay in control of their bikes, and may reduce the risk of rear-end collisions.
Causes of Road Rash
Road rash occurs where the driver or passenger falls from the motorcycle onto the road and is dragged for a distance along the road. The risk and effects of road rash is well known in motorcycling communities due to how frequently it happens.
Protective measures are often undertaken, however, leather and even additional padding cannot always prevent the skin from coming into contact with the road and other surfaces. Other accidents causing road rash also include skateboarding, cycling, walking or jogging outdoors, and treadmill use.
Riding a motorcycle is riskier than driving a car under any circumstances. On Los Angeles highways, riders may face even greater dangers. Commuter traffic, road construction, semi tractor-trailers on the road, and unexpected driving conditions can increase the risk of a motorcycle crash. Certain roads and highways in and around LA can be hazardous for motorcyclists, including I-405 near Long Beach.
One of the most devastating things that can happen to a motorcyclist is being hit by a negligent driver. Not only was the driver careless in their behavior, but they allowed their recklessness to severely injure a motorcyclist. However, not all motorcycle accidents involve a car striking a rider. There are situations where a driver may swerve into the motorcyclist’s lane, pushing them off the road, or even stop suddenly in front of them, forcing the motorcyclist to lay down their bike.
Riding your motorcycle can be one of the most exciting and practical ways to get around Long Beach and LA, but riding in these areas comes with risks. As a rider, if you are in an accident, you are far more likely to be injured, even in a slow speed collision.