Motorcycle and bicycle injuries can cause severe damage to riders, and that damage can easily be multiplied if a helmet isn’t part of the equation.
Florida’s motorcycle helmet laws have changed many times over the years, but according to current Florida law the state doesn’t have a mandatory helmet law — at least for those over the age of 21. Similar laws are put in place for bicyclists.
Here are the laws that Florida does have in place concerning motorcycle and bicycle helmets.
When it comes to motorcycle helmets, Floridians have two distinct laws to abide by:
- Anyone riding a motorcycle who is under the age of 21 must be wearing a helmet at all times.
- If you’re riding a motorcycle and over 21, you are allowed to ride without a helmet only if you are covered by at least $10,000 in medical insurance to pay for injuries.
Unlike other states, Florida does not require a majority of riders to use helmets.
Bicycle riders also aren’t required to wear helmets based on age. Florida’s statute states that any bicycle rider under the age of 16 is required to wear a helmet that fits securely and is fastened correctly by a strap. Bicycle helmets for those in this age group must meet any federal safety standards.
Unlike motorcycles, bicycle riders don’t need to possess any insurance requirements in order to avoid wearing a helmet, so long as they are over the age of 16.
If you have been involved in either a motorcycle or bicycle accident, you have options to receive compensation for your injuries. Contact the Tampa injury attorneys at Lorenzo & Lorenzo today for a free consultation and find out how we can help.