Taking to the open road on a motorcycle is a freeing and enjoyable experience. Unfortunately, riding a motorcycle is also risky, and life-threatening accidents occur on Florida roads every day. Helmets can protect you from head injury and fatality, but some people feel that helmets are too restrictive and decide instead to ride without one. What does the law say?
Florida used to have a helmet law that required all riders to wear a helmet. This was repealed in 2000, and now riders over the age of 21 are required to wear a helmet unless they carry $10,000 or more in medical payment insurance. Riders under 21 are still required to wear a helmet. Helmets are also required for people aged 15 and under who ride low-powered cycles such as mopeds and scooters. PIP insurance for your car does not cover you if you are on a motorcycle, so it’s important that you have separate insurance if you choose to ride without a helmet.
While helmets are not required in Florida, not wearing one could affect your personal injury claim. Florida is a comparative negligence state, meaning that if you are injured in an accident, any damages you may recover will be reduced by the percentage of fault you have for your own injuries. Failing to wear a helmet can mean less compensation if you are injured in a motorcycle accident.
Wear Your Helmet
While the benefits of wearing a motorcycle helmet have been debated, the facts show that motorcycle helmets save lives. If you are involved in an accident while on a motorcycle, you don’t have the same protection you would have in a car. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), helmet use reduces the risk of death by 37%. Helmets also reduce the risk of head injury by 69%. So while some riders may feel that helmets are too bulky and uncomfortable, it is clear that they are essential for your safety.
Contact a Trusted Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Whether you were wearing a helmet or not, if you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident it is important to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have over 30 years of experience representing the injured. Consultations are free so contact us online or call us at 1-800-753-5203 to schedule an appointment.