WEARING A HELMET WHILE RIDING A MOTORCYCLE CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE
At any time of the day, you can drive your car down any one of the streets or major highways located here in South Florida and see a motorcyclist riding without a helmet. While this may be concerning to many of us, there is nothing stating that person is violating any state law by not wearing a helmet while on a motorcycle. In fact, the law states that even though everyone is required to wear a helmet, any person over the age of twenty one is allowed to not wear one as long as they carry an insurance policy with ten thousand dollars in medical coverage. This is often a concern of many police officers, and they regularly check motorcyclists riding without helmets to ensure that they have the proper coverage.
Though motorcyclists in Florida are not required to wear a helmet, it is required of them to wear some type of protective eyewear. The significance of this requirement is obvious to those who have ridden on a motorcycle, but shouldn’t protecting your head from a motorcycle accident be equally important? If you or someone you know has questions regarding helmet laws in Florida, or have suffered injury because of a motorcycle accident, contact Madalon Law today and speak with an accident attorney for free.
NATIONWIDE STATISTICS ON MOTORCYCLE HELMET USE
Though Florida has its laws in place regarding the use of helmets for motorcyclists, it is not the general consensus across the board here in America that motorcyclists should not have to wear them. Some statistics from across the nation include:
- States that require use of helmets for ALL motorcyclists/bicyclists: 19
- States that require SOME motorcyclists to use helmets: 28
- States that have NO LAWS regarding the use of helmets: 3
While Florida’s Helmet Laws allow the use of motorcycles without wearing helmets for those over twenty one, it is understandably an individual’s choice as to whether or not they want to wear a helmet. Many motorcycle enthusiasts consider helmet use as restricting the feeling of having the wind in your face on the open road. The general argument is that it takes away from the experience. In our state, we have granted those wanting to not wear a helmet the right to do so. Still, accidents happen. If you have been involved and injured in a motorcycle accident, contact Madalon Law now to discuss your legal options.
CHOOSING NOT TO WEAR A HELMET WILL INCREASE INJURY IN A MOTORCYLCE ACCIDENT
When laws afford us the ability to make choices that others may not find acceptable, such as helmet laws in Florida, we may place our safety in harm’s way. Madalon Law appreciates safety on the roadways in Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and the rest of Florida.
If you have been injured without wearing a helmet, the severity of your injury could be substantial. Contact the motorcycle accident attorneys of Madalon Law today for your free consultation.