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Is Lane Splitting Legal in Illinois?

Is Lane Splitting Legal in Illinois?


Motorcyclists traveling through Illinois often ask different variations of the same question: “Is it legal to drive a motorcycle between lanes?” or “Are motorcycles allowed to drive between lanes?” Driving a motorcycle between two lanes of traffic going the same direction is referred to as lane splitting — or, less frequently, traffic splitting. No matter how you phrase the question, the answer is the same: lane splitting is illegal in Illinois.

Lane Splitting vs. Lane Sharing

Illinois law strictly prohibits lane splitting, so the answer to questions like “is it legal for motorcycles to drive between cars?” is a clear “no.” What about lane sharing, some may ask? Lane sharing refers to two or more motorcyclists driving side-by-side in the same lane, traveling in the same direction. Illinois law does not address lane sharing.

Rubens Kress & Mulholland Can Represent Illinois Drivers

If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, you will want to have an experienced attorney to represent you. The Chicago personal injury attorneys at Rubens, Kress & Mulholland are well-versed in Illinois motorcycle law. Don’t delay your case: contact us today for a free consultation.

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