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Who must wear motorcycle helmets in Florida?

On Behalf of | Jul 22, 2022 | Motor vehicle accidents

Summer is a great time to get out on your motorcycle and enjoy Florida’s scenery. The feeling of freedom when riding a bike, the excellent gas mileage, and the ease of parking make riding a motorcycle even more attractive.

While you may appreciate the need to be safe on your motorcycle, wearing a helmet can be hot and cumbersome. It can seem unnecessary if you have been riding for a long time without an accident.

Here’s what you should know about when riding without a helmet is (and is not) legal.

Going without

Some states require all motorcyclists to wear helmets when riding or operating a motorcycle. In Florida, there are a few instances when you are not required to wear a helmet on your bike. If you want to ride without a helmet, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Over age 21
  • Covered by an insurance policy providing at least $10,000 in medical benefits for crash-related injuries

While the rule allows for some individuals to ride without a helmet, it is also designed to encourage riders to wear a helmet.

Still better to wear it

Riding a motorcycle comes with specific hazards. In a crash, you do not have the added protection of a protective frame and other safety features as you would in a vehicle.

When you go out on your motorcycle, it is better to have the protection of a helmet and other safety gear. Although you may have years of experience as a safe motorcyclist, the actions of other drivers could cause a serious accident.


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