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What You Should Know About Florida’s Lane-Splitting Laws

Lane-Splitting is Illegal in Florida

Whether you're a new motorcycle rider or are a recent Florida transplant, all riders should know that an action known as "lane-splitting" is illegal in the state. According to Florida Statute 316.20, no rider is permitted to go between lanes of traffic or rows of vehicles. Doing so may result in a moving violation. Read on to learn more.

Why is it Illegal?

One of the most common reasons for this law is that lane-splitting is often considered dangerous—not just for motorcycle riders but other motorists on the road. In one study, 17% of motorcycle accidents were directly linked to this action. However, multiple factors can contribute to this, including:

  • Distracted drivers changing lanes without checking their mirrors.
  • Compact lanes.
  • Increased speeds while lane splitting.
  • Limited space between the motorcycle and other vehicles.

This action can also result in significant injuries from a collision, although at reportedly lower rates than other crashes.

Will Florida Ever Legalize It?

Motorcycle accidents are unfortunately common in Florida; from 2018 to 2020, an average of 8,694 crashes occurred, resulting in 544 fatalities. As such, the state is committed to reducing the number of motorcycle fatalities on the roads by implementing laws designed for safety.

Several petitions have circulated online seeking support, often citing the need to reduce roadway congestion. However, as of 2021, no bills have been passed that would legalize lane-splitting in the state.

Northeast Florida Motorcycle Accident Attorney

The team at Canan Law is dedicated to protecting the rights of motorcycle riders throughout Florida. Our attorneys have over 60 years of combined experience conducting over 250 trials and are prepared to take on even the most challenging cases. If you were injured or a loved one was killed by a negligent driver, know that you may be eligible to receive compensation for damages.

Schedule a free consultation with a member of our team by calling (904) 849-2266 or filling out this short form.
 

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