Do I Have to Wear a Helmet to Ride My Motorcycle or Motor Scooter in Florida Legally?

Florida repealed the universal helmet law in 2000 for riders over the age of 21. So if you are over 21 years of age, you do not have to wear a helmet legally while riding a motorcycle or motor scooter. However, if you choose not to wear a helmet, you are legally required to carry $10,000 of Medical Payment Insurance.

Tips from Jeffrey Meldon

  • Beware – if you are in an accident and not wearing a helmet, you are three times more likely to suffer a serious brain injury than by wearing a helmet. And your hospital bills will, on average, be double as much when compared to helmeted riders. The initial emergency room bill alone could easily total over $50,000.
  • If you plan to ride a motorcycle or scooter, especially if you “ride free” without a helmet, I strongly urge you to have Uninsured Motorist Coverage to protect yourself. You could be in an accident involving an underinsured or uninsured vehicle, which is 50% of the cars on the road today.
  • There are 20 states (plus Canada) that require universal helmet use for all motorcyclists, including Florida’s neighbors Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi. So, be careful if you plan on riding out of Florida.

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