A new study uses NHTSA and Governor’s Highway Safety Association data to spotlight the safety advantages of legal lane splitting. Similarly to the 1981 Hurt Report, motorcycle safety researcher Steve Guderian compares instances of rear-end collisions in California — where lane splitting is not expressly illegal — to states with similar riding seasons and numbers of riders. Predictably, a lower percentage motorcyclists are killed where they’re permitted to protect themselves. Rear enders are the most common road accident. Interestingly, Guderian goes on to explore the differences in collisions that occur while lane splitting to those that occur to vehicles within the traffic column. It’s one of the most powerful arguments for lane splitting we’ve seen.
Of course, if you’re going to lane split, you need to do so safely. We’re here to help: how to lane split.