Motorcycle Laws in Florida

Tue, May 20, 2014

General Legal Issues

Some rights reserved by Richard StoweyWe recently wrote a post about being a motorcycle owner in Florida. There, we discussed some of the requirements Florida has for motorcycle drivers—including the class all drivers must take to get a motorcycle endorsement to drive one.

However, there are many other motorcycle laws that Florida has and does not have for motorcycles and motorcycle drivers. For instance, Florida does not require motorcyclists and their passengers to wear a helmet as long as the following is true:

  • They are over 21 years of age.
  • They have “at least $10,000 in medical benefits for injuries incurred as a result of a crash while operating or riding on a motorcycle”

In addition, you must wear protective eyewear to operate a motorcycle (the windshield does not count), have both hands on the handlebars, and have a clear view of the road. And speaking of handlebars—they must not exceed a certain height.

Passengers on a motorcycle are also required to follow certain rules. They must be sitting behind you on an actual seat designed to carry a passenger, be seated a certain way, and have footrests. The age requirement of the passenger on a motorcycle, following the rules above, is a little vague. However, this Yahoo news story states that there are no real age requirements in Florida. It does mention Florida’s car seat rule as a reasonable restriction to the age of a motorcycle passenger.

Motorcyclists have the same rights on the road as a regular car—but they must follow certain procedures if they are not able to keep up with the flow of traffic (often due to horsepower and usually applicable to mopeds). In addition, mopeds have some different rules for protective eyewear, etc.

Attorney Christopher D. Smith is a Lakewood Ranch, Florida attorney with SmithLaw Attorneys. He concentrates in bankruptcy, civil litigation, probate, estate planning, and elder exploitation cases in the Sarasota and Bradenton area. Call 941-907-4774 to learn more and to ask about our free consultations.

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