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I say in car driver started this by moving over the yellow line to give room for the cyclist to illegally pass him on the right.
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Looks like the driver was on the HOV lane with only him in the car.
Biker should know better than to try that move.
Last car driver was just stupid.

In the end they are all at fault.

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I think there is blame for all. Glad the biker survived this.
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I say in car driver started this ...
A chain of events always starts somewhere.

If his poor decision hadn't enabled the biker to act on his poor decision, the biker wouldn't have smashed into the car piloted by the person who made poor decision #3.

So, yes, he started it...but he didn't cause it all by himself.
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Hard to say who really started it without the rear view. My guess is that the biker had been gaining fast on the car and once behind began to push through, splitting lanes, and the driver was uncomfortable with how close he was and moved over. Just speculating.

In the end, the law and insurance will place the blame on the last driver.
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Good point rkw.

I wonder whether it's typical in CA to move over to give room to lane splitting bikers. Pretty sure it's not on the list of guidelines published when they made splitting legal.
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Lane splitting is legal in Ca., I ride 4-5 times a week and even if it was legal in Md. I would never do it.
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I wonder whether it's typical in CA to move over to give room to lane splitting bikers.
No, it isn't typical. In this case, it doesn't look like usual lane splitting (between two lanes of slow moving traffic), more like using lane splitting as an excuse to pass on the right.
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You're always going to be passing on the right of one lane if you're splitting - left of one, right of another - otherwise you're passing on the shoulder. Or is that considered splitting as well? Serious question, I have no idea, just assumed using the shoulder is always illegal except in an emergency so not an option for splitting.

You hit it on the head anyway with "between two lanes of slow moving traffic". Traffic in the HOV lane was moving quickly outright plus considerably faster than the lane to the right; not legal splitting given the circumstances...assuming I understand the rules.
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