When it comes to riding a motorcycle, there are few sources of misconception greater than helmet laws and safety. Florida is no exception.
With the recent changes to Florida’s helmet laws, it’s not surprising that many motorcyclists are uncertain of whether or not they need to be wearing a helmet. Abrahamson & Uiterwyk’s team of experienced Florida motorcycle attorneys would like to help change that today.
For more information on Florida’s motorcycle helmet laws, please continue reading or call us today at 1-800-753-5203.
What are Florida’s Current Motorcycle Helmet Laws?
After repealing most of the provisions in its mandatory helmet law in 2000, Florida updated them in 2010 due to statistics which showed the number of fatal crashes had increased by 21%.
Today, Florida’s helmet safety laws are much more rigorous than they were a decade ago:
- Every motorcycle rider under the age of 21 is required to wear a helmet
- Riders over the age of 21 may ride WITHOUT a helmet if they can prove they are covered by a $10,000 medical insurance policy
These laws apply to motorcycles with the following characteristics:
- Engine displacement more than 50cc
- Brake horsepower more than 2
- Attain speeds more than 30 mph
If you still have questions about whether you need to ride your motorcycle with a helmet, please contact us at 1-800-753-5203.
Helmet Safety Statistics You Should Know
Although Florida law doesn’t require every motorcyclist to wear a helmet, the truth is that helmets save lives and we encourage everyone to wear one, no matter how old or experienced you are.
If you are a motorcyclist, here are some helmet statistics you should definitely be aware of:
- 56% of Florida motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes in 2011 were NOT wearing a helmet (NHTSA)
- Helmets saved the lives of approximately 1,600 motorcyclists in 2011 (NHTSA)
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Law Firm Today
If you have been injured in a Florida motorcycle accident, you may be eligible to receive monetary compensation for your pain and suffering even if you were not wearing a helmet.
To learn about the legal options available to you, please contact Abrahamson & Uiterwyk’s experienced injury team today at 1-800-753-5203 for a free, no obligation consultation. We’ve been handling motorcycle injury cases for more than 30 years and we are happy to assist you however we can.