Tampa Florida Motorcycle Laws
Riding a motorcycle can be fun and exciting, but these vehicles can be dangerous. Motorcycles have just two wheels instead of four, so they are more prone to crashes. Plus, they can cause a variety of injuries, including road rash, broken bones, head trauma, back and neck injuries, mutations, and paralysis.
That’s why Florida has laws in place to protect riders. Make sure you understand them to ensure safety and compliance.
Florida law states that if you are riding a two- or three-wheeled motorcycle with a 50cc or greater engine, you will either need a motorcycle endorsement or a motorcycle-only license. New residents of Florida will need to have a driver’s license with a motorcycle endorsement. To get an endorsement, you will first need to take a 15-hour Basic Rider Course.
To get a motorcycle-only license, you need to be at least 16 years of age and have a Class E driver’s license. You must also complete the Basic Rider Course.
Under Florida law, a rider is not legally required to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle if they are over the age of 21 and covered by an insurance policy providing at least $10,000 in medical benefits for injuries caused by a crash. Those who are under the age of 21 must wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle at all times.
Headsets, headphones, and other listening devices are not allowed while riding a motorcycle. Eye protection is required at all times and must be state-approved. Exhaust systems are not allowed to be modified. A working horn, mirrors, a stop lamp, tail lamp, turn signals, and red rear reflectors are required on all motorcycles. One or two headlights are required and must be on at all times. Also, brakes are required on all wheels.
Lane splitting or riding between lanes is not legal in Florida. Motorcycles cannot ride more than two abreast in the same lane. Drag racing and speed competitions are illegal on public roadways, as is stunting, Both wheels must be on the ground at all times. Also, both hands must be on the handlebars at all times. Riders cannot hold anything in their hands while riding.
If carrying passengers, the motorcycle must have a seat for the passenger or else the seat must be meant for two people. Footrests are required for each passenger.
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Motorcycles are a lot of fun to ride in the Sunshine State, but they can also be very dangerous. An accident can cause catastrophic injuries; make sure you follow the laws so you can stay safe.
Have you been injured in a motorcycle accident? If so, seek legal help from the Tampa personal injury lawyers at Anderson & Anderson. We understand how serious motorcycle accidents can be and we’ll work hard to get the compensation you deserve for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Schedule a free consultation by calling 813-251-0072 or filling out the online form.