An Inside Look at the Florida Helmet Law and Recent Motorcycle Helmet Statistics

December 4, 2013

motorcycle accidents

florida helmet lawThe topic of whether all motorcyclists should be legally required to wear a helmet while riding in Florida has long been a topic of contentious debate in our state.

What is the current Florida Helmet Law?

In the state of Florida, motorcyclists are not required to wear a motorcycle helmet while they are riding so long as they meet a set of criteria outlined by state law.

Riders can choose not to wear a helmet on the road in Florida so long as they have at least $10,000 in medical insurance coverage and are at least 21 years of age. If a rider does not meet both of requirements, he or she must wear a motorcycle while riding in Florida.

Pros and Cons of the Florida Helmet Law

Those who are in favor of mandatory helmet use point to numbers such as those provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that demonstrate the positive impact that helmets have on rider safety.

The opponents of mandatory helmet requirements believe that adult riders should be able to decide for themselves whether or not to use a helmet. Some suggest that better safety training would make the roads safer for bikers than mandatory helmets. Others believe that motorcycle helmets inhibit a rider’s ability to hear and see properly while they ride.

Motorcycle Helmet Facts and Statistics

  • The NHTSA reports that motorcycle helmets saved the lives of 1829 in 2008.
  • In 2011, over half of all motorcyclist fatalities involved riders who were not wearing a helmet in states without mandatory helmet laws for all riders.
  • Only 9 percent of rider fatalities involve motorcyclists without helmets in states with mandatory helmet laws.
  • A federal report by the Government Accountability Office in 2012 determined that all-rider helmet laws are the “only strategy proved to be effective in reducing motorcycle fatalities.”

Our motorcycle accident lawyers may be able to fight for your rights!

If you’ve been in a Brandon motorcycle accident, you may need the help of a motorcycle accident lawyer who serves the area. Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today at 1-800-753-5203 to get started.