Florida's Motorcycle Laws
With its perfect weather and wide-open system of roads, Florida is exceptionally popular among motorcyclists.
Florida’s motorcycle laws help all motorists, including motorcyclists, stay safe and enjoy their travels. You should be aware of these laws when you go out for a ride. The laws for motorcyclists in Florida cover everything from your bike's structure, helmet laws, headlight laws, and how to use the roads.
If you or a loved one have been injured, seriously hurt, or even killed because of a motorcycle accident, let the experienced Florida accident lawyers at Spivey Law Firm help you handle your claims and recover financial compensation for your tragic losses.
Motorcycles are Entitled to Full Use of the Road in Florida
Under Florida law, motorcycle and moped riders are entitled to travel on the road in the same lanes as other moving vehicles, including cars, trucks, vans, etc. They are subject to all of the same rights and duties as other vehicle operators. For example, bikers must abide by all traffic signals and signage in the same manner as automobiles. Also, similar to how vehicles are expected to travel in the right-hand lane if they are driving slower than the flow of traffic, motorcyclists that are riding slower must travel as close to the right curb as possible (i.e., hug the curb).
Do I Need a Motorcycle Endorsement?
To lawfully ride a motorcycle in Florida, you must have a motorcycle endorsement on your driver's license, which represents specialized training for motorcycle drivers. You can get a motorcycle endorsement without having a regular driver's license, but in either case, you must have an endorsement specific to motorcycles to lawfully ride a motorcycle in Florida.
Do I Have to Use Daytime Headlights?
Florida law requires motorcycle riders in Florida to operate their bikes with their headlight on even during the day. If the failure to use a headlight is the cause of an accident, that information might be used as evidence of negligence in a civil case. That said, we encourage motorcyclists to keep their lights on at all times, not only to help others on the road see them but also to help automobile drivers avoid a possible accident that could result in severe injuries to the biker or even death.
Does Florida Have Helmet Laws?
Yes. You must wear a helmet if you're under the age of 21. Even if you're over 21, you must still wear a helmet if you don't carry at least $10,000 in medical coverage in case of an accident.
Requirements for Motorcycles in Florida
There are rules that govern what your motorcycle needs to have to be lawfully on the road in Florida, just as there are similar laws regarding automobiles. For example, Florida Statutes 316.2095 and Florida Statutes 316.222 detail what is needed in relation to the required equipment for motorcycles, including footrests, handlebars, stop lamps, and signals. Additionally, Florida Statutes 322.01 lists a host of definitions and requirements for motorcycles.
Contact Our Florida Accident Lawyers for More Information
It's important that bikers know the laws and requirements for motorcycles in Florida.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, contact Attorney Randall Spivey at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. online or by phone at 888-477-4839. Mr. Spivey and the team will handle your insurance claim and any legal claims you may have so that you can focus on your recovery.