Is motorcycle lane sharing allowed in California?

The California Motorcycle Handbook discusses the dangers of lane sharing, but it does not say the practice is illegal.

Lane sharing refers to a car and motorcycle sharing the same lane. It is not considered to be a safe practice. According to the motorcycle handbook, “Cars and motorcycles each need a full lane to operate safely. Lane sharing is not safe.” Sharing a lane with a car, can leave a motorcycle incredibly vulnerable. The car could switch lanes suddenly or make a quick, unexpected turn. Even throwing an object out of a car could cause injury to a motorcyclist who is sharing the lane.

Although lane sharing may be legal in California, it doesn’t mean you should do it. Refrain from participating in this driving behavior and discourage others as well.

If you have been hurt in a Southern California motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact an experienced Riverside motorcycle accident attorney at our office today by calling (800) 989-6385 or filling out our online form.

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