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Car Accident / 9.12.2023

Is Lane Splitting Legal in Mississippi?

A Short Guide for Motorcyclists

Motorcycle laws vary from state to state. Whether you're a native Mississippian or a frequent road-tripper, it is important to be aware of the laws of any state you're in. Staying vigilant and distraction-free on the road can often mean the difference between life and death. 

If you have questions or concerns about motorcycle accidents or other vehicle accidents in Mississippi, the award-winning personal injury attorneys of Richard Schwartz & Associates, P.A., want to hear from you. Schedule your free consultation now by calling us or click here.

Mississippi Lane Splitting: What Is It?

In Mississippi, lane splitting is an action performed by motorcyclists when the rider makes the choice to ride between two lanes of traffic at a higher speed. They may choose to do this for a variety of reasons.

Lane filtering is another related practice. In it, the rider makes the choice to ride between two lanes of traffic moving at a slower rate of speed. Sometimes, one or both lanes may be at a standstill.

Are these actions safe for motorcyclists to take? The answer is that it depends. Although it may not sound particularly safe, statistics have shown that when these maneuvers are properly performed, they can reduce the risks faced by riders. Provided that the motorcyclist is paying proper attention, they can be better protected from being involved in an accident since it greatly reduces the likelihood of the rider getting hit by a motor vehicle.

Is Lane Splitting Legal in Mississippi for Motorcyclists?

In Mississippi, the law does not specifically state that lane splitting is legal or illegal. With that said, if an accident occurs involving a motorcyclist who participated in lane splitting or lane filtering, they may encounter a law enforcement officer who uses their discretion to issue a ticket for lane splitting, speeding, reckless driving, or other matters. They may also decide that the motorcyclist was at fault even if it may not be the case.

While lane splitting and filtering may not be a specified illegal action, it may also not be the best action to take. It certainly isn’t an action worth arguing with law enforcement over.

What Should You Do If You’re in a Motorcycle Accident Because of Lane Splitting?

Although lane splitting is an action that can reduce the risk of accidents for motorcyclists when properly executed, it does not fully mitigate the risk. Accidents can and still do occur. If you’re in an accident because of lane splitting, try to take the following steps:

Call 911. You may need emergency medical care even if you don’t think that you do. Internal injuries aren’t always obvious. You also need a police report.

  • Take photos of injuries and damages to your motorcycle and the other vehicle.
  • Exchange information with the other driver.
  • Get the names and contact information for any witnesses.
  • If you’re issued a ticket for lane splitting by law enforcement, don’t argue.
  • Don’t talk to the insurance company alone.
  • Schedule a consultation with Richard Schwartz & Associates, P.A.

Remember that while lane splitting isn’t illegal, it’s also not deemed as legal, either. It’s crucial that you find an experienced motorcycle accident attorney who understands Mississippi law. You need someone on your side who is looking out for you and who can put all of the pieces of the puzzle together on your behalf.

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