A new traffic law governing motorcycle riders went into effect on September 24, 2022. A.R.S. 28-903 This new law allows a motorcycle rider to “filter” a lane of traffic in the following manner:
The operator of a two-wheeled motorcycle may overtake and pass another vehicle that is stopped in the same direction of travel and in the same lane as the operator and may operate the motorcycle between lanes of traffic if the movement may be made safely and if the operator does both of the following:
- Operates the motorcycle on a street that both:
a. Is divided into at least two adjacent traffic lanes in the same direction of travel; and
b. Has a speed limit that does not exceed forty-five miles per hour.
- Travels at a speed that does not exceed fifteen miles per hour.
The Arizona law is very different from the California law that allows motorcyclists to pass moving or stopped traffic on the freeway and other roadways at higher rates of speed.
The new Arizona law may not be known to most vehicle operators and therefore, great caution should be taken when filtering lanes by maneuvering your motorcycle between lanes of traffic. The movement must be able to be made safely or not at all.
East Valley Injury Law has represented many motorcycle riders who have been involved in serious accidents on Arizona roadways. Oftentimes, these accidents result in catastrophic injuries, loss of life, and loss of limbs. Automobile insurance companies will try every tactic to minimize what they ultimately will pay out to injured victims. We aggressively and competently represent injured victims to ensure that maximum recovery from insurance companies occurs. We also assure that our clients receive the best medical care out there to treat their serious injuries.
Often recovery from these types of accidents can take months and sometimes years, with second and third surgeries and extended rehabilitation. East Valley Injury Law’s attorneys have successfully represented injured victims for more than thirty years. Our most recent recovery for a client injured while riding a motorcycle was in excess of 1.3 million dollars. As is the case with many of these types of accidents, we had to file a lawsuit and litigate the case aggressively to force the insurance companies to pay. We had to hire expert witnesses to testify as to the permanency of our client’s injuries and the extent of lost wages and future medical care that our client would require.
When you or a loved one is involved in an accident, trust the team that has the experience and resources to represent you against the insurance companies – East Valley Injury Law (E.V.I.L.) Wicked good attorneys!