Comparing the 1000 lane splitting accidents to the other 5,000 collisions is flawed. Speeds are likely higher in the 5,000 for a large number of those collisions, subsequently the injuries are likely more serious. The researchers should compare lane splitting collisions that occur at a specific speed to other accidents that occur at the same speed (if they haven't). Also there should be some specificity as to what types of collisions are compared. Comparing slow speed lane splitting to head-on collisions on rural roads would be flawed.
I'm no fan of lane splitting but if individuals want to do it, then I'm not one to oppose it if it is legal. And if California passes a law to make it legal, then that's fine by me. I just hope the research is well founded if the goal is to permit lane splitting in other states based on that research. However, most legislators are conffused by the facts anyway.
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