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Arizona’s New Motorcycle Law: Lane Filtering

Arizona’s New Motorcycle Law: Lane Filtering

If you’re local to Arizona, you’ve likely heard about a new law that legalized lane filtering for motorcyclists. Passed in the Spring 2022 legislative session, and made effective on September 24th, 2022, this new law has left many Arizona drivers with questions:  

New Arizona Law for Motorcycle Lane Filtering

What is lane filtering? What does this new law mean for Arizona motorcyclists and other drivers? Is lane filtering even safe? What should I do if I’m in a motorcycle accident in Arizona?

Luckily, our team of Phoenix, Arizona motorcycle accident lawyers have dug into these questions for us. Below we’ve compiled everything you need to know about Arizona’s new motorcycle lane filtering law. 

What is “lane filtering”? 

Lane filtering occurs when motorcyclists pass other stopped vehicles in the area between two lanes on the road. This practice allows a motorcyclist to “filter” through traffic stopped at a red light. 

This is a common practice for motorcyclists, although, until recently it has been illegal in the state of Arizona. Each U.S. state has different lane filtering laws, and some legalize lane splitting, too.  

Lane Filtering vs. Lane Splitting: What’s the difference? 

The difference between lane filtering and lane splitting simply comes down to the speed of traffic it takes place in. While lane filtering occurs when motorcyclists pass stopped cars at a red light, lane splitting occurs when motorcyclists pass vehicles in moving traffic. 

Lane filtering is now legal in the state of Arizona; however, lane splitting remains illegal for Arizona drivers. Without a doubt, it’s important to remember this distinction to ensure you’re riding your motorcycle safely and legally. 

Everything You Need to Know About Arizona’s New Motorcycle Lane Filtering Law 

Effective September 24th, 2022, lane filtering is now legal for Arizona motorcyclists. Although it is legalized, it’s important to note that there are limits to how motorcyclists are allowed to practice lane filtering.  

3 Requirements for Legally Lane Filtering in Arizona: 

According to the Scottsdale Police Department, “To legally lane filter, motorcyclists must be able to safely pass stopped motor vehicles traveling the same direction and: 

  • Be riding on a roadway with 2 or more adjacent travel lanes going in the same direction 
  • Make sure the posted speed limit on the road is 45 MPH or less 
  • Drive no faster than 15 MPH while riding between stopped vehicles.” 

Following the above requirements will not only help motorcyclists filter lanes legally, but it’ll help them stay safe, too. 

Is lane filtering safe for Arizona drivers? 

Advocates of the legalization of lane filtering argue that, yes, motorcyclists’ use of lane filtering DOES improve their safety on the road 

In a study by the University of California at Berkley, researchers found that motorcyclists who lane filter are far less likely to be rear-ended than non-lane filtering drivers. The ability to filter through stopped cars at a red light helps motorcyclists avoid rear-end collisions that leave them extremely vulnerable to serious injury. 

As Arizona drivers we experience a lot of traffic, particularly during rush hour in the Phoenix metro area. Now, motorcyclists will be able to better avoid collisions that frequently take place at stop lights. 

What should I do if I’m in a motorcycle accident in Arizona? 

If you’re in a motorcycle accident in Arizona, there are steps you’ll want to take to ensure the best possible outcome. Additionally, if you’ve been injured, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries. Taking these steps will increase your chances of success in an accident injury claim. 

What to do if you’ve been in a motorcycle accident in Arizona: 

  1. Stay at the scene and notify the police
  2. Seek medical attention if you have any injuries
  3. Exchange insurance information with all drivers involved in the accident
  4. Gather contact information from any witnesses to the accident
  5. Take photos of the damage and the scene of the accident
  6. Notify your auto insurance company regarding the accident
  7. Call your Arizona accident injury lawyer! 

Call an Arizona Motorcycle Accident Lawyer 

After you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, hiring an experienced personal injury attorney will greatly increase your chances of winning financial compensation for your suffering. They will negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf to fight for your rights.  

If you’ve dealt with insurance claims before, you know it can be incredibly frustrating. Insurance companies often bully those injured in accidents and do all they can to avoid responsibility.  

As such, effective legal representation can go a long way if you’re fighting with an insurance company after your car or motorcycle accident.

CALL HALL: Your Phoenix, Arizona Accident Lawyer 

Here at Tait & Hall, our Personal Injury attorneys are dedicated to advocating for our clients against the toughest bullies, including even the most stubborn insurance companies. 

Using their finely-tuned negotiation skills, our Arizona accident lawyers have proved, time and time again, to be incredible advocates. By effectively negotiating with insurance companies, they’re able to fight for the highest possible financial settlements for our clients injured in car or motorcycle accidents.  

We promise to fight for your rights, too.  

If you’ve been injured in a car or motorcycle accident, we can help. We’re committed to high-quality legal representation and promise to serve each of our clients with compassion and professionalism. 

CALL HALL to get help with your accident claim: (480) 405-6767 

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