Is Lane Splitting Legal for Texas Motorcyclists?

Since the days of Steve McQueen and the mass popularity of motorcycles brands such as Harley Davidson, Triumph, and Indian in the 1960s, motorcyclists have embraced their need for speed.

But, while simply riding a motorcycle can be exhilarating, some Texans engage in risky practices that put themselves and other motorists at risk.

One such practice – lane-splitting – is not only dangerous but also illegal in the state of Texas.

What is Lane-Splitting?

Lane splitting is when a motorcyclist passes slower-moving traffic by riding between vehicles going the same way, rather than going around them in a passing lane. Because motorcycles are smaller and easier to maneuver, riders can dart in and out of traffic quickly, often without other vehicles being aware of their presence.

lane-splittingDoes Texas Law Permit Lane-Splitting?

Lane-splitting is prohibited by Texas law. Section 545.069 states that all road users must remain within a single lane, effectively banning lane-splitting for motorists. The fine for lane splitting in violation of Section 545.069 is $175.

Dangers of Lane-Splitting

Even if lane-splitting ever becomes legal in Texas, the practice is still incredibly dangerous both for motorcyclists and other drivers and passengers. Traveling out of the view of motorists and riding in such close proximity to other vehicles greatly increases the risk of a serious or even fatal crash. Further, because motorcyclists’ bodies are less protected than that of a person inside a car, even relatively minor collisions can be deadly. For more information on motorcycle accident laws, visit:, or call Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., Injury and Accident Lawyers to get a free consultation regarding your accident.