So wait, be careful with what you are suggesting others should do. Are you suggesting to lie to the cops? I've read your post above on this several times to be sure I am taking you in proper context. You clearly said "tell the officer(s) that you were previously lane splitting but that you were not at the time of collision". Without further context, it seems you are suggesting being untruthful. Be careful with that. If witnesses saw you lane splitting when the collision occurred, and you tell the officer something other than that, you've opened up an entirely LARGER can of worms and a shitstorm of trouble can come down on your head.
But choose your words carefully, and whatever you do, do not lie to Johnny Law. You have no idea what witnesses may have said about your behavior while riding, as well as what other evidence the officer(s) may have (or will) collect .... so you're best off telling the truth as you know it. Especially if there are injuries involved, which will escalate the investigative methods used to a far higher degree, as well as a far greater amount of detail put into the collision report
. Also know that there are investigative techniques that can either absolve you, or contradict your statement. Things such as melted plastic or glass on a turn signal filament (indicating it was in use at the instance of collision ... or indicating that it was not in use at time of collision). That's just one method (used solely to make my point), there are others depending on the situation, wit statements, and evidence on the road (skid marks, etc..).
I'll repeat, just be careful. Just because lane splitting in California is "legal" do not take that for granted. You may still be held accountable depending on the entirety of the situation. It comes down to using solid judgement.
.. seems I lost you, and possibly others. Here's my post with what I thought was the necessary context in BOLD, as written:
"Riders, do NOT admit fault if this happens to you while following all the CHP Lanesharing Guidelines/Cali lanesplitting Law.
If knocked down, tell responding officer you HAD BEEN but weren't splitting at time of incident where cager suddenly veered and took your lane without yielding to your right of way in your lane without signaling..."
Think about it - they knocked you down because there was a gap in between cars that they perceived. therefore you were rolling IN ONE LANE when they hit you, NOT lane splitting between cars....."
I now see how you thought I was possibly suggesting lying. But when a car takes you down on the urban Cali highway, its 99% of the time due to swerving into your lane too fast for you to react. If you're actually riding between two cars, "lane-sharing," its uncanny how they seem to successfully avoid scratching their paint. An experienced Cali rider or lane splitter knows of what I speak..
let's try another tack:
SO.. you're riding along in a comfy gap of cars in the #1 Lane [the Left/fast lane in the US], slightly faster than cagers in #2 Lane to you right. This is after splitting a hundred feet back or so to get through a rolling grid. You are now in a large gap, 200' or so, riding in the safest place in your lane - the right-most portion of the lane since this position has the highest visibility for all concerned, while distancing your bad self from the cagers to your right. You are not sharing their lane. But your high-beam dances happily in the cars' mirrors well ahead. NOTE THAT THIS IS very close to THE SAME POSITION AS LANESPLITTING. Suddenly a cager in the #2 Lane quickly veers into you as you're coming past them in your lane. They do this without signaling, looking over their shoulder to check their blind spot, nor visibly moving their head about to peer into various mirrors like cager pilots do who are too lazy to turn around to check their blind spot as required. They just broke several laws - taking your legal right-of-way in your lane, and lane change w/o signal. I'd add reckless driving, maybe attempted manslaughter. maybe humor for those of literal leanings.
And if you ever ride Cali, I suggest you actually read the Cali Lane-Sharing CHP guidelines, which I reference in the post as the context sought after - your other questions/comments/concerns are addressed there. In simplest terms, legal lane "sharing" is done at up to 10 MPH faster than ambient flow, without speeding. You went off on a tangent. Sharing means you're in the same lane as a car. I wasn't when the cager knocked me off my bike.
Actionable takeaways for Cali riders in this situation:
You were not lane-sharing when this occurred. Said cager's insurance cannot successfully use this against you, tho they will try. CHP cannot report factually that you were lane sharing, as they weren't there and no evidence exists to the contrary. You should definitely ask the cager behind you to witness that they saw the person suddenly swerve into your lane and take you down without signal. You must, and have the right to, correct CHP's error in their report if they state you were lane sharing and you weren't at the time of the accident. Do this at the CHP office soon as the report is issued, usually a few days afterward. Cager's insurance will lay down and pay, or you should get lawyered up.
To the poster who said the focus should not be on assigning blame - if you are knocked off your bike, its critical to know your weapons at-hand to defend yourself from insurance adjusters so your extensive expenses for medical and property damage caused by others are covered.
You quoted me as accusing you of spreading "disinformation" somewhere in this thread. I used the term "misinformation," meaning "wrong information," a very different word and inference as to intent. That's perhaps the term that got your knickers twisted. If so, apologies.. No malfeasance intended on my part there. However, if you choose to quote me, do so accurately. Seems this is a Current Events talking point
..its all about Intent.
Shiny side up, gents & gentle lady riders!