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What should I know about motorcycle laws in Florida?

| Aug 14, 2019 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

There are many reasons to hop on your bike in the gorgeous state of Florida: beautiful, lush vistas await you, and the views of the ocean are second-to-none. However, it is important to be aware of the laws that govern motorcycle riding in the state of Florida so that you are on the right side of the law. According to the State of Florida, the legal definition of a “motorcycle” is a vehicle with not more than three wheels which has a motor, a seat/saddle for the rider, and no more than 50 cubic centimeters of displacement.

Helmet laws in Florida are also a bit different than in other states. In Florida, riders under the age of 21 must always wear a helmet on a motorcycle. If you are over the age of 21, you may opt to not wear a helmet if you carry at least $10,000 in medical insurance coverage. Otherwise, you must wear a helmet.

Motorcycle riders in Florida must also use a headlight at all points of operation, even during the day. Additionally, you must follow the rules of the road that apply to cars. This means that you cannot be weaving in and out of traffic and you must abide by all traffic signals and signs the same way that operators of four-wheeled vehicles must. You also have the right to a full lane of traffic, though you can choose to share the lane with another motorcyclist riding two astride each other if you so wish.

In order to get behind the wheel (or the handlebars, as the case may be), you also need to have a specific motorcycle endorsement on your license. You can also get a motorcycle license independently of a driver’s license in Florida if you wish.


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