Motorcycle Accident Attorney Jeff Nadrich Responds to Announcement of New CHP Guidelines for California Motorcyclists

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The California Highway Patrol has just released new "lane-splitting" guidelines for motorcyclists. Motorcycle accident attorney Jeff Nadrich responds.

The California Highway Patrol recently released a new set of lane-sharing guidelines on its website, as reported by the Sacramento Bee. The guidelines are intended to promote motorcycle safety on California roads and highways, and reduce rates of injury and fatality. The effort is part of the CHP’s ongoing California Motorcyclist Safety Program.

Lane-splitting, or lane-sharing, is the process by which motorcyclists pass vehicles by driving between lanes. The Sacramento Bee points out that California is the only state in the nation that allows lane-splitting, and the issue is controversial. Still, the CHP is hopeful that the newly-published guidelines will help to quell the state’s motorcycle fatality problem.

"There is a need to acknowledge lane-splitting is being done in California, and a need to help people understand what is reasonable," California Highway Patrol Sgt. Mark Pope told the Sacramento Bee. "Until now, no one in authority has said how to do it safely."

The new guidelines include such tips as, “Travel at a speed that is no more than 10 MPH faster than other traffic,” “It is not advisable to lane split when traffic flow is at 30 mph or faster,” and “Be alert and anticipate possible movements by other road users.”

Jeff Nadrich, a California motorcycle accident attorney, recently commented about this new development on his California motorcycle blog. According to Nadrich, “The new guidelines provide some worthwhile, common sense tips for motorcyclists, but motorists should likewise be diligent about sharing the roads.”

Nadrich believes that motorcycle safety is about more than legal speeds and safety helmets. “In order to reduce motorcycle injury and fatality rates, everyone must do their part. That means greater awareness, and an increased adherence to the laws.”

Nadrich encourages motorcycle accident victims to contact a qualified attorney right away.

About Nadrich & Cohen: Jeffrey Nadrich is a personal injury attorney with Nadrich & Cohen, a California based law firm with offices in 18 locations across California. The firm has offices in Arcadia, Bakersfield, Fresno, Irvine, Long Beach, Modesto, Oakland, Oxnard, Palm Springs, Redding, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Rosa, and Tracy. Nadrich & Cohen handles all types of wrongful death and serious injury accident cases, including auto, truck, bus, motorcycle, and bicycle accidents, pedestrian collisions, boating accidents, dog bites, defective product cases and nursing home abuse. Victims are encouraged to call 1-800-718-4658 for a free consultation with a Nadrich & Cohen attorney.

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