Before you all start in on me, I am just relating a story in an attempt to highlight to some the risks associated with splitting. It is up to the individual to assess the risk of everything they do and act accordingly. Was coming home on the Great Western Highway west of Sydney this arvo. Lots of traffic on suburban single lane road with a wide verge/emergency stop area. It was pissing down. As per usual, I was staying in the lane and going with the traffic doing about 15-20kph. A guy on a Harley split down the left doing about 30. No big deal. I get another 500m down the road and there are cars parked everywhere and people running around with blankets and first aid kits. Lying on it's side in the gutter is the Harley a little smashed up. Then I see that what looks like a pile of blankets and tarpaulins is actually the Harley rider with three people administering first aid. The story goes that while the traffic was almost at a stop, someone was trying to turn across the traffic to get into a shop on our side of the road. The cagers just ahead of the Harley stopped to let them through. The Harley tried to split past as the car turned across. The car hit the back right pannier and sent the guy flying into a telegraph post. I got there about 1 minute after it happened and pulled to see if there was anything I could do. Luckily, in one of the cars that witnessed it were 2 off-duty ambos. They were first on the scene and took over. Another driver that witnessed it was an off-duty nurse. By the time I got there he was in good hands and were doing all the right stuff. All I could do was help another bloke get the bike off the road and clear up some debris to let the traffic through again. Once the ambos(on-duty) got there, they said it looked like a broken lower left leg(it was flopping around) and a slim chance of a neck injury. The guy was wearing sneakers and jeans and you could see the impact marks on his leg where it was broken from whatever it was that hit his leg - there were some chunks of skin gouged out. Some proper boots might have helped limit the damage. I asked the cops if there was anything I could do with his gear/bike and they said that they had arrangements in place for all that. They move everything to a holding centre awaiting collection. When the cops started the obligatory interviews, I said I didn't see it and arrived just after thinking that I was therefore of no use to them and therefore wouldn't need to give a statement. But by this stage they already knew the guy had been splitting so they wanted to know if I saw the guy earlier ie. "you are required to make a statement". They even said they needed the statement to backup the car driver's case that the bike was riding illegally. Was a bit of dilemma because I reckon there were two causes here, both illegal. One, the rider was overtaking to the left. And two, the car didn't give way to oncoming traffic. But, it was obvious the rider was going to wear the blame. So I just stated the facts. Yes, the rider did pass me on the left 500m up the road. No he wasn't doing an excessive speed. So, moral of the story, if you are going to split be very, very, careful.