When it comes to your safety, which is always paramount, a motorcycle helmet is a must (if you ride). There is, however, quite a range when it comes to state motorcycle helmet laws, and Florida falls somewhere in the middle. Keep reading to learn more, and if another driver’s negligence leaves you injured in a motorcycle accident, make the call to an experienced Tampa motorcycle accident attorney today.
Motorcycle Helmet Laws in Florida as They Currently Stand
Florida’s motorcycle helmet laws are not straightforward, and they have a tendency to leave motorcyclists perplexed.
If you are under the age of 21, you must wear a motorcycle helmet at all times (whether you are navigating the bike or are a passenger). This rule has no exceptions.
If You’re Over 21
Both motorcyclists and their passengers who are at least 21 years old can be exempt from Florida’s motorcycle helmet mandate, but to do so, they must carry at least $10,000 in personal no-fault medical benefit coverage for motorcycle accidents (specifically).
Even if you carry the necessary insurance, however, and are, therefore, not required to wear a motorcycle helmet, everyone – of every age – is required to wear eye protection while on a motorcycle – no exceptions.
You Can Still Pursue a Claim against the At-Fault Motorist
Not wearing a motorcycle helmet will not deny you the right to seek just compensation in Florida if another driver leaves you injured. However, not doing so can affect the amount of compensation you receive. If you suffer a head injury or an injury to your face, the other driver’s insurance provider will attempt to demonstrate that, because you did not wear a helmet, you are responsible for the injuries that affect your head and face.
The circumstances involved in every claim are unique, which means that the other side may or may not be successful in this endeavor, but if they are, your compensation can be reduced considerably. You need a skilled motorcycle accident attorney on your side.
Because you have nothing but your helmet – if you’re wearing one – to protect you from the impact of a motorcycle accident, the damages you suffer are likely to be very serious and can include:
- A significant array of medical expenses that may be ongoing
- Lost income due to the time off you need for your recovery
- Considerable physical and emotional pain and suffering
Ensuring that your complete damages are well represented in your motorcycle accident claim will play a pivotal role in your ability to recover fully.
It’s Time to Consult with an Experienced Tampa Motorcycle Accident Attorney
We strongly encourage you to wear a helmet every time you ride – for your own safety. Not wearing a helmet, however, does not void your legal right to go after the at-fault driver for the damages you’ve suffered as a result of his or her negligence. The Tampa motorcycle accident attorneys at Tragos, Sartes&Tragos are on your side and here to help, so please contact us online or call us at 813-223-6405 today.