A motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a school bus in Lehigh Acres. The 19-year-old motorcyclist was speeding when he hit a school bus transporting 23 children, none of whom were injured.
Although motorcyclists are more vulnerable to collisions, they still owe a duty of care to everyone else on the road. When motorcyclists fail to obey the rules of the road, they can be held liable. Florida motorcyclists should be familiar with these laws:
- Motorcycle endorsement: You must have a valid Florida driver’s license and a motorcycle endorsement to ride a motorcycle. Drivers must complete a basic rider course to earn the endorsement.
- No lane splitting: Motorcyclists can not “split” lanes by riding in between vehicles.
- Lane sharing: Motorcyclists may not ride more than two abreast in a single lane.
- Helmet laws: Riders younger than 21 are required to wear a helmet. Those over 21 who opt not to wear a helmet must carry insurance with at least $10,000 in medical benefits.
- Eye protection: All riders are required to wear eye protection while riding.
- Headlights: Headlights must remain on whenever operating the motorcycle. This is to improve visibility, so other vehicles can see the motorcycle.
- Mirrors: Motorcycles must be equipped with mirrors which allow the rider to see a minimum distance of 200 feet.
- Listening devices: Listening devices that prevent a rider from hearing surrounding noise are prohibited. Single ear devices are permitted, but wearing headphones in both ears is not allowed.
- Stunts: Wheelies and other stunts are illegal in Florida. Riders must remain in the seat, facing forward, with both wheels on the ground at all times.
- Passengers: Motorcycles must have a designated seat and footrests for all passengers.
Following these rules—in addition to general rules of the road—will help you ride safely. If you’re injured in a motorcycle-versus-vehicle collision, call a trusted accident attorney at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh in Sarasota, FL today.