Whether you’re an experienced motorcycle rider or just getting started, it’s important for all motorcyclists to follow Florida’s motorcycle laws. From getting your motorcycle endorsement to which gear you’re required to wear, knowing and following the law will help keep you safe.
Here are some of the top motorcycle laws to know:
- Motorcycle endorsements: You might already have a driver’s license, but motorcyclists need a special endorsement. Whether you want a motorcycle-only license or to add the endorsement to your existing license, you’ll need to take and pass the Basic Rider Course.
- Helmets and eye protection: Helmets are required for everyone under 21, and optional for everyone else—but if you don’t wear one, you’ll need $10,000 in medical benefits coverage. However, eye protection is mandatory for all riders.
- Lane splitting and lane sharing: Lane splitting (riding between two lanes of traffic) is illegal. However, two motorcycles may ride abreast in a single lane, which is called lane sharing.
- Headlight rules: Headlights must remain on at all times when the motorcycle is in operation—even during the daytime.
- Check your mirrors: All motorcycles must be equipped with mirrors which allow them to see 200 feet behind them.
- Passenger requirements: If you transport passengers, your bike must be equipped with a designated seat and footrests.
- Listening devices: Finally, any listening devices used while riding your motorcycle must allow you to hear surrounding noise. For example, you can use one earbud for navigation, music and phone calls as long as the other ear is free.
Knowing and following these rules will ensure that you remain as safe as possible—and if you’re in an accident, you’ll be able to prove you were following the law.
Contact an experienced Sarasota, FL auto accident lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh today.