Florida has always been a hot spot for motorcyclists – the warm weather, ocean breeze, and long stretches of highway make it the perfect destination for a long ride. It’s unquestionably a high-risk leisurely activity, so it’s important to be aware of Florida’s motorcycle laws to make sure you are keeping yourself as safe as possible. And on the chance that something goes wrong, it’s important to know what constitutes negligence in a civil case. Therefore, we’ve put together four quick facts that every rider should know in order to be in compliance with Florida’s motorcycle laws.
- Motorcycle Drivers Must Use Daytime Headlights. Unlike the rules of the road for cars, when it comes to motorcycles, riders must drive using a headlight even at noon on a sunny Florida day. If there is evidence of failure to use a headlight in a crash case, it may be evidence of negligence. And most importantly, this will help cars see you and keep you out of harm’s way.
- Own The Road – It’s Your Right! In the state of Florida, motorcyclists have the right to full use of the road and are encouraged to use it. You’ve got the right to full use of your lane—and other drivers must give it to you—but you are also permitted to share it with a fellow cyclist riding alongside of you. You are definitely not allowed to weave in and out of traffic. Like any other vehicle on the road, you must obey all traffic lights and signals.
- Wear Your Helmet. Florida law states that riders must wear helmets if they are under the age of 21. But even if you’re 21+, you must still wear a helmet if you don’t carry at least $10K in medical coverage should there be an accident. Don’t take the chance, and protect yourself.
- Trick Out Your Bike. According to Florida Law, your bike must be equipped with footrests, handlebars, stop lamps and signals.
Have you recently been in a motorcycle accident or incident? Are you curious or confused as to how Florida’s state laws apply to your case or your rights? At Willis Law, we are here for you, and our experienced motorcycle accident lawyer can help.