Motorcyclists must follow the rules of the road just like any other driver of a motor vehicle. Due to their small size, anyone operating a motorcycle is at an increased risk of suffering serious injuries in the event of an accident. Some accidents may not be preventable, however, the severity of injuries may not be as extreme if all drivers pay attention to one another and take precautionary steps to respect each other on the road. One thing that many motorcyclists do that can lead to dangerous accidents is called lane splitting. This is where motorcyclists choose to drive between lanes in order to get through traffic. This is against Kansas traffic laws and can lead to severe injury or death both for motorcyclists and for other drivers on the road.
Why Is Lane Splitting So Dangerous?
Lane splitting is dangerous because drivers may not be able to spot motorcyclists as easily as larger vehicles. For example, if a driver of a car or SUV wishes to change lanes, that person may look in his or her car mirrors and the coast may look clear. However, the driver may not be able to see a motorcyclist speeding by in between lanes, and this may lead to the driver switching lanes and colliding with the motorcyclist. In such a case, most people may believe that even though the driver of the car hit the motorcycle, the motorcyclist should be at fault for the accident for breaking the law by lane splitting. This may be the case in some circumstances, but it is important to remember that drivers have a duty to avoid serious accidents to the best of their ability. As such, if a driver is inattentive and does not attempt to ensure the coast is clear, that driver could be just as much at fault as the motorcyclist if a collision occurs.
What Are Other Motorcycle Laws In Kansas?
Because motorcyclists have an increased risk of suffering serious harm if they are involved in an automobile accident, they should take all measures possible to reduce the severity of injuries they suffer. For example, wearing helmets and eye gear can significantly reduce the risk of causing head trauma that can result in permanent injuries. However, helmets are not required for all riders in Kansas, and eye protection is only required in some circumstances.
A summary of the key motorcycle laws in Kansas include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Daylight use of headlights is required;
• Eye protection is required unless the motorcycle is equipped with a windscreen;
• Lane splitting is not authorized;
• Only a left mirror is required;
• A separate passenger seat is required if riding with a passenger;
• A skill and knowledge test is required to waive motorcycle education;
• A safety helmet is required for motorcyclists under the age of 18; and
• Turn signals are required for all motorcycles
The above-listed laws are typical of most states. Many people believe that helmets should be required for all motorcyclists, but this simply has not been the standard for the United States. Thus, if you are a motorcyclist, you should consider just how serious injuries may be if you are involved in an accident with any other type of vehicle. Regardless of whether or not an accident is your fault, you could suffer permanent harm that could prevent you from ever riding a motorcycle again.
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Suffering an injury as a result of a motorcycle accident can leave you with devastating injuries and potentially the loss of a loved one. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Kansas motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Attorney Michael R. Lawless is a personal injury and automobile accident attorney with 27 years of experience helping individuals like you receive the compensation they deserve. To find out if your injuries were the result of another’s negligence, contact our office today to schedule a free consultation with Michael R. Lawless. You may reach us by calling our Lenexa, Kansas office at (913)-681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at 1 (800)-734-3771. You may also contact us online, and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.