Motorcycle enthusiasts abound in the state of Florida, in large part due to our great weather and flat terrain. It really is a great combination for those that love to travel on two wheels. However, safety is a crucial issue at the top of every responsible rider’s mind, and a large part of motorcyclists’ safety rests on the type of helmet they wear.
Florida Law On Motorcycle Helmets
Any motorcycle rider on Florida roadways needs to know the state law on wearing helmets. Florida Statute §316.211 states that a person may not operate a motorcycle unless they are wearing protective headgear, which complies with federal regulation DOT FMVSS No. 218. However, it goes on to say there is an exception in that parties over the age of 21 may ride a motorcycle without headgear if they are covered by an insurance policy providing for at least $10,000 in medical benefits for injuries they may incur while riding. Hopefully, you would understand that if you are injured in a motorcycle accident while not wearing a helmet your medical bills, or those paid by your estate, will likely far exceed $10,000.00.
Check For DOT FMVSS No. 218 Certification
When you find a helmet you are interested in purchasing, check to see if it has a sticker that says “DOT FMVSS No. 218 CERTIFIED.” If so, it has been approved pursuant to federal regulations, and if you wear it while riding a motorcycle in Florida, you will be compliant with state law.
Decide On The Type Of Helmet
There are so many different types of helmets to choose from! One of the first decisions you need to make is the type you like best for your purposes. Do you off-road? Do you need extra protection around your neck? Whatever you need, you will find plenty of choices among the following five types:
- Full Face Helmets: A full-face helmet provides the most protection around the head and neck. It is considered the safest helmet to have on if you are involved in an impact to the head.
- Dual Sport Helmets: Dual sport helmets are a mix of a full face and an off-road helmet. They are a popular option among motorcyclists that ride on more than one type of terrain.
- Half Shell Helmets: Half-shell helmets provide limited protection as they only cover the forehead and top of the head.
- Modular Helmets: Modular helmets are also called flip-up helmets as the visor can flip upwards and open up the front part of the helmet.
- Open Face Helmets: Open face helmets, also called ¾ helmets, cover the whole head except the face, which is completely exposed. It is a popular choice among cruisers.
- Off-Road Helmets: Off-road helmets are best for dirt road bikers. They offer the head and chin significant protection, but the eyes have no protection.
Consult With A Florida Motorcycle Injury Attorney at Martin Law Firm, P.L.
Even with the correct headgear, motorcycle accidents can result in catastrophic personal injuries as the motorcyclist has very little protection against a larger four-wheel motor vehicle. At Martin Law Firm, P.L., we help people that have been injured while riding motorcycles recover the compensation they are due. You may reach us by calling 239-323-9820 or via our contact page.